This collection of dialogues is the only textbook of its kind. Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method takes students into the minds of top internet researchers as they discuss how they have worked through critical challenges as they research online social environments. Editors Annette N. Markham and Nancy K. Baym illustrate that good research choices are not random but are deliberate, studied, and internally consistent. Rather than providing single “how to” answers, this book presents distinctive and divergent viewpoints on how to think about and conduct qualitative internet studies.

Key Features and Benefits

Presents each chapter in the form of a question in order to provoke explicit consideration of key issues; Illustrates choices made within larger disciplinary contexts to help students blend approaches, think broadly, and conduct internet research with the benefit of multiplicity; Offers a range of perspectives in each chapter to vividly demonstrate that there are many ways to answer methodological challenges well; Includes contributors from multiple disciplines and across the globe; Provides a highly reflexive writing style that allows readers to see processes that are rarely visible in finished research reports

Intended Audience

This edited volume is an excellent supplementary text for a variety of advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Internet Research, Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, and Computer-Mediated Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and anthropology. It will assist new scholars as well as seasoned practitioners in this arena make informed choices in how they conduct inquiry.

How Can Researchers Make Sense of the Issues Involved in Collecting and Interpreting Online and Offline Data?
How can researchers make sense of the issues involved in collecting and interpreting online and offline data?
ShaniOrgad

Before addressing the question that is the subject of this chapter, I want to introduce two working definitions of “qualitative internet research” and “online and offline data,” which, without being in any way prescriptive, reflect my personal understanding of these concepts. This understanding has been significantly influenced by my own research experience. After a brief discussion of these concepts, I move on to explain why I think consideration of both online and offline data is important in thinking through our research projects. Next, I explore critical junctures in the research process when ...

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