A Guide to Conducting Online Research by Ted J. Gaiser, Anthony E. Schreiner

By Ted J. Gaiser, Anthony E. Schreiner

A advisor to utilizing know-how in examine is designed to aid scholars, lecturers, and practitioner researchers in utilizing know-how as a part of their examine. The e-book starts by way of taking a look at what inquiries to ask and the way to arrange to behavior on-line examine, then concentrates on specific applied sciences and the way to hire them successfully, earlier than concluding with a dialogue of the peculiarities of undertaking learn within the on-line atmosphere.

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Whether or not it was true or verifiable in any way, the fact remains that she believed it to be true, which should be sufficient reason to give researchers pause for thought. Informed consent In any study with research participants, the use of informed consent should be considered. In some cases, a review may lead a researcher to determine that it is not necessary. In other situations, a review will determine that using informed consent is vital. qxp 32 2/5/2009 8:07 PM Page 32 A GUIDE TO CONDUCTING ONLINE RESEARCH consent form is useful, if for no other reason than to express a researcher’s expectations for the project and the provision of details on the topic being researched.

Emailed equivalents to paper surveys require manual data entry, though some assistance can be provided by text-parsing tools. Most often these tools are custom written scripts in perl and require some programming expertise. The alternative to emailing the survey and reading the reply is to put a survey up on a web site and use email to send a URL link to the web site and a request for the recipient to visit the web site. The web server and associated programs can then be used to automate the data entry.

Qxp 38 2/5/2009 8:08 PM Page 38 A GUIDE TO CONDUCTING ONLINE RESEARCH received on the addressee’s mail service provider server. The addressee then views from, or retrieves the message to his/her own computer using a mail client (which may be a web browser). Usually, the message remains on the mail server until the user deletes it (or perhaps the service provider deletes it after a certain amount of time, due to policy). Messages may be addressed to a single recipient or multiple recipients. When using email to a group of recipients which is relatively unchanging, or if managing the list of recipients becomes complicated, it is useful to use an email listserver.

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