What is qualitative secondary analysis? How can it be most effectively applied in social research? This timely and accomplished book offers readers a well informed, reliable guide to all aspects of qualitative secondary analysis. The book: Defines secondary analysis. Distinguishes between quantitative and qualitative secondary analysis. Maps the main types of qualitative secondary analysis. Covers the key ethical and legal issues. Offers a practical guide to effective research. Sets the agenda for future developments in the subject. Written by an experienced researcher and teacher with a background in sociology, the book is a comprehensive and invaluable introduction to this growing field of social research.

Internet Polling

Internet polling is a relatively new, growing, but still untested means of carrying out social surveys and opinion polls by use of either direct e-mailing to potentially interested groups via message boards, or a website accessible only to a previously recruited panel.

Section Outline: Internet polling for dissertations: cheap, safe, comfortable. Web users as a subject to be studied: user demographics; user ethnography. Polling: responding at convenient times. Otherwise much like postal questionnaires; same design requirements. Hardware and software incompatibilities. Software for coding. Limitations: scheduling for problems; confidentiality and anonymity; Netiquette. Cost savings versus sample bias.

For university students, the ready availability of computing facilities offers the prospect of using the internet, not just as a way to search for published sources of information (Internet ...

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