Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.

Chapter 1: Online Research Methods in the Social Sciences: An Editorial Introduction

Online Research Methods in the Social Sciences: An Editorial Introduction

ONLINE RESEARCH METHODS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: AN EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION
Raymond M. Lee Nigel G. Fielding Grant Blank

Online research methods have come of age as the permeation of everyday life by information and communication technologies has grown ever more ubiquitous. Although substantial digital divides remain by country, and within countries by age, gender and socioeconomic status, the number of Internet users worldwide quadrupled between 2000 and 2014, and the current proportion of the world's population using the Internet is now said to be in excess of 40 per cent (International Telecommunications Union, 2015). Information and communication technologies have had socially transformative effects. They ...

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