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Gather Your Data Online

Gather Your Data Online
Little Quick Fix

  • Janet E. Salmons - Free-range Scholar, Vision2Lead and Methods Guru at SAGE MethodSpace

July 2019 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Between the comfort of using a medium they use daily and the perceived easiness of access and use, students are increasingly quick to choose online methods for their research projects. However getting data online isn’t as easy as it seems. No matter how data is collected (through existing materials, through elicited responses, or through work with participants) or what type of online data is used (e.g. blogs, websites, interviews, etc.), there are a lot of unique and complex considerations that must be factored in to every step of the research process.

This Little Quick Fix boils down all these potentially thorny issues into a speedy guide so students thinking about working with online data can be prepared for (and avoid) any unexpected circumstances like access issues or ethical dilemmas. It will also help students decide what, if any, online data is best suited to their particular research question so they don’t end up fighting unnecessary complications for little benefit.

It covers: What types of data collection do researchers conduct online? How do I choose which type(s) fit my research? How can I find, and get permission to use, data that exists online? How can I find, and gain consent from, participants online? How can I interact with participants online to collect data? What practical steps should I take to prepare for online research?

Little Quick Fix titles provide quick but authoritative answers to the problems, hurdles, and assessment points students face in
the research course, project proposal, or design - whatever their methods learning is.

  • Lively, ultra-modern design; full-colour, each page a tailored design.
  • An hour's read. Easy to dip in and out of with clear navigation enables the reader to find what she needs - quick.
  • Direct written style gets to the point with clear language. Nothing needs to be read twice. No fluff.
  • Learning is reinforced through a 2-minute overview summary; 3-second summaries with super-quick Q&A
  • DIY tasks create a work plan to accomplish a task, do a self-check quiz, solve a problem, get students to what they need to show their supervisor.
  • Checkpoints in each section make sure students are nailing it as they go and support self-directed learning.
  • How do I know I’m done? Each Little Quick Fix wraps up with a final checklist that allows the reader to self-assess they’ve got what they need to progress, submit, or ace the test or task.
Section 1: What types of data collection can I conduct online?
Section 2: How do I choose which type(s) of online data collection to fit my research?
Section 3: How can I find and get permission to use data that exists online?
Section 4: How can I find and gain consent from participants online?
Section 5: How can I interact with participants to conduct interviews, surveys or questionnaires?
Section 6: What steps should I take to prepare for online research?

a very useful little guide which students undertaking contemporary research will find extremely useful.

Mr Ian Andrew
Business School, Oxford Brookes University
February 8, 2020

Gathering data online is a growing component of research in the social sciences, but students are often unfamiliar with the complexities and important factors in how to do it. The short format of this book makes it accessible to undergraduate students or graduate students without much experience making research decisions. Clear step-by-step explanation makes the process less intimidating until they get better through practice. This is a good supplement to the Little Quick Fix book on Designing a Research Project.

Dr Sage Graham
English Dept, University Of Memphis
January 15, 2020

A fantastic little pocket sized guide to carrying out research online - really accessible and engaging for the reader with helpful "check your understanding" tasks throughout.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
August 9, 2019

This book will be really useful moving forward in a world where online data collection will be used by students even more

Ms S Windham
Higher Education, Access and Couselling, South Essex College - Basildon
July 11, 2019

Useful brief readable overview.

Ms Stella Harcourt
HE, Access and Counselling, South Essex College - Southend
July 10, 2019

Sample Materials & Chapters

Section 1 & 2 of Gather Your Data Online

Janet E. Salmons

Dr. Janet Salmons is a free-range scholar, writer, coach, and artist through Vision2Lead. Her areas of interest include emerging research methods, and teaching and collaborative learning in the digital age.Janet's most recent books are: What kind of researcher are you? (2021), Reframing and Rethinking Collaboration in Higher Education and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Doctoral Students and Early Career Researchers with Narelle Lemon (2021), Publishing from your Doctoral Research: Create and Use a Publication Strategy with Helen Kara (2020), Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn... More About Author