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.
At Boston College since September 2001, I work for the Bioinformatics Program in the Biology Department of Boston College. I am primarily a system administrator for their dedicated servers and consultant for related issues. Before 2005 I worked in Research and Instructional Services (RITS) under Academic Technology Services (ATS) as a consultant to faculty, staff and students on configuration, maintenance and usage of Unix/Linux on Boston College research computers.
Introduction Designing an Online Study Research Standards and Ethical Considerations Using Email for Data Collection Researching Using Instant Messaging and Chat Survey Research on the Internet The World of Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis and Websites Accessing and Using Web-based Data Analyzing the Data Emerging Research Opportunities Presenting Your Results Some Additional Challenges for Online Researchers