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Internet Research Methods

Second Edition


© 2016 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The internet is a compelling tool for research, enabling efficient, cost-effective data collection and facilitating access to large samples and new populations. This book presents a state-of-the-art guide to the internet as a tool for conducting research in the social and behavioural sciences using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.

New to this edition:

  • Fully re-written to reflect the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies
  • Expanded coverage of web surveys for data collection
  • Unobtrusive methods to harvest data from online archives and documents
  • New practical tools and resources, where to find them, and how to keep up-to-date with new developments as they emerge
  • New chapter on research ethics and discussion of ethical practicalities throughout

Guiding the reader through the theoretical, ethical and practical issues of using the internet in research, this is an essential resource for researchers wishing to assess how the latest techniques, tools and methods in internet-mediated research may support and expand research in their own field.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
Chapter 2: The Internet
 
Chapter 3: Internet-mediated Research: State of the Art
 
Chapter 4: Sampling in Internet-mediated Research
 
Chapter 5: Ethics in Internet-mediated Research
 
Chapter 6: Tools and Design Strategies for Internet-mediated Research
 
Chapter 7: What Can Go Wrong?
 
Afterword

Written from the perspective of psychology and cognitive science, this interdisciplinary book offers a valuable introduction to both quantitative and qualitative Internet research methods. With many hands-on examples, it is a practical guide to dos and don‘ts of the profession.

Dr. Lars Kaczmirek
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

A much needed update to Internet-mediated research that will be highly useful for students and researchers. The book's chapters are nicely interwoven, with in-depth explanation of methods and applications. A must read.

Ulf-Dietrich Reips
Chair of Research Methods, Assessment, and iScience; Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz

This book is a comprehensively referenced starting point for a vast range of directions in social and behavioural research. At under 200 pages it is a worthwhile read as an introduction or an overview of what the internet can offer researchers in a range of academic disciplines. A useful guide.

Lydia Wysocki
International Journal of Research & Method in Education

With the growing trend of using the internet as an initial data source, this book gives valuable insight into how relevant data can be searched for and utilised.

Mr adam choonara
Natural Sciences, Middlesex University
May 24, 2016

Internet Research Methods by Hewnson, Vogel and Laurent (2016) is the second edition to the original book published in 2002. The latest edition follows up on the previous but it encompasses the vast growth that has taken place in the field over the past decade. It is great to have such a recent and up-to-date book for class.
An important feature of the book is that is aimed not only at researchers but at students as well and this is illustrated by its user-friendly approach and systematic and organized structuring of chapters. The authors begin with a brief history of the internet which is essential in setting the tone for the following chapters. The rest of the book, very clearly shifts from one topic to another and the flow is uninterrupted. This in turn allows for the reader to fully understand the crux of every chapter and building a foundation to take in knowledge from the following chapters. It is fun to read, the right level for my students and a very timely source book.

Professor Sonia Lippke
Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, Jacobs University Bremen
August 21, 2015
  • Fully re-written to reflect the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies
  • Expanded coverage of web surveys for data collection
  • Unobtrusive methods to harvest data from online archives and documents
  • New practical tools and resources, where to find them, and how to keep up-to-date with new developments
  • New chapter on research ethics and discussion of ethical practicalities throughout.

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Chapter 3: Internet-mediated Research: State of the Art


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