Internet Research Methods: A Practical Guide for the Social and Behavioural Sciences

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SAGE, 2003 - Social Science - 155 pages
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Offering a concise, comprehensive guide to conducting research on the Internet, this book provides a detailed explanation of all the main areas of Internet research. It distinguishes between primary research (using the Internet to recruit participants, to administer the research process and to collect results) and secondary research (using the Internet to access available material online).

The book is designed for social science researchers and presents a user-friendly, practical guide that will be invaluable to both students and researchers who wish to incorporate the Internet into their research practice.

 

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Contents

What is the Internet?
11
Is the Internet a Viable Research Tool?
26
Equipment for InternetBased Research
56
How to Design and Implement an Internet Survey
78
What Can Go Wrong?
106
Methodology
113
Summary
121
Conclusions
139
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About the author (2003)

I commenced a degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (then Hatfield Polytechnic) in 1987, with primary interests in social psychology, counselling psychology and social constructionist perspectives. Subsequently, I developed interests in cognitive psychology, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind, and upon finishing my degree I went on to study at the Centre for Cognitive Science (now 'Informatics') at Edinburgh University where I completed an MSc in Cognitive Science and Natural Language in 1991. I stayed on there to complete a PhD in 1996; my thesis focused on the nature of 'folk psychology' and its role in developed scientific psychological theorising. After then working for a brief period as a Research Associate at the Human Communication Research Centre, Edinburgh University, I took up a full time Lectureship at the University of Bolton in 1997. I have been working at the Open University since September 2007.

Education: B.A. and M.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University; Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi.
Areas of Expertise: Incorporation of language arts into high school and middle school science and math classes, grant writing, and editing.
Notable Achievements: Recent book publications: Dr. Laurent has work published in The Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography and authored Internet Research Methods: a practical guide for the social and behavioral sciences.
Courses Taught: Freshman composition, 200-level survey literature courses, Methods for Literature, and occasionally Technical Writing.
Other Information: Dr. Laurent was the team captain of the Gramminators, 2002 and 2003 Quiz Bowl champions.

Carl Vogel, a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, is Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Computing and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.nbsp; His work in computational linguistics as a cognitive science frequently draws upon evidence abstracted from Internet accessed data, and accordingly he dwells on the accompanying research methodology issues.nbsp; Vogel was on the Management Committee of the successful European COST Action IS1004: Web-based data-collection -- methodological challenges, solutions and implementations (WEBDATANET).

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