A Guide to Conducting Online Research is designed to support students, academics and research practitioners in using technology to conduct their research. The book begins by looking at what questions to ask and how to prepare to conduct online research, then concentrates on particular technologies and how to employ them effectively, before concluding with a discussion of the peculiarities of conducting research in the online environment. Practical advice is offered on common issues and problems, such as: - How to decide which application is best for your research purposes? - What can be done to guarantee the anonymity of research participants? - What kinds of challenges do firewalls present and how can they be mitigated? A Guide to Conducting Online Research provides a wealth of advice, explanation, instruction, self-help tips and examples, making this a helpful resource for anyone using technology in conducting their research.

Some Additional Challenges for Online Researchers

Chapter summary

  • To lurk or not to lurk?
  • The meaning of privacy in the online environment
  • Private or public?
  • The meaning of ownership online
  • What does it mean to be a virtual persona?
  • Conducting research with minors

Throughout this book we've tried to offer practical tips and illustrations to assist you in your online research endeavors. We feel that we've gathered a great deal of information in this one location, but also know that in some ...

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