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Internet Data Collection : Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences - Samuel J. Best

Internet Data Collection

Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences

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Published: 1st April 2004
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The Internet has emerged as a popular medium for collecting data because of its ability to access millions of users, facilitate an array of research designs, and efficiently deliver and compile questionnaires. Often forgotten amidst this growing enthusiasm are the medium's numerous drawbacks, from limited coverage to technical variance, that threaten to undermine the quality of the information assembled. Designed for researchers and students alike, Internet Data Collection describes how to perform each stage of the data collection process on the Internet, including sampling, instrument design, and administration. Through the use of non-technical prose and illustrations, it details the options available, describes potential dangers in choosing them, and provides guidelines for sidestepping them. In doing so, though, it does not simply reiterate the practices of traditional communication modes, but approaches the Internet as a unique medium that necessitates its own conventions.

Using The Internet As A Medium For Research
The Data Collection Process
Data Collection Opportunities on the Internet
Limitations of Internet Data Collection
Orientation
Organization
Practicalities Of Using The Internet
A New Communication Medium
Getting Connected to the Internet
Online Services Suitable for Data Collection
Drawing Samples On The Internet
Specifying the Target Population
Developing a Sample Frame
Choosing a Sampling Method
Determining the Size of the Sample
Implementing Contacting Procedures
Administering Instruments On The Internet
Selecting a Communication Mode
Controlling Access
Formatting the Instrument
Incorporating Stimuli
Limiting Item Non-Response
Providing Instruction
Compiling Responses Online
Inducing Participation
Collecting Submissions
Authenticating Cases
Appraising Responses
Concluding Remarks
References
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ISBN: 9780761927105
ISBN-10: 0761927107
Series: Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.11