The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 22: Web Data Collection: Potentials and Challenges
Web Data Collection: Potentials and Challenges
The universal adoption of the world wide web has brought about tremendous opportunities for the social sciences. Scores of data on every conceivable subject are often just one click away, making this the golden age of data. Indeed, one might reasonably argue that the main challenge in empirical social research has shifted from the collection of data to drawing value from the vast datasets. These changes are exemplified by the establishment of entirely new research fields, often summarized with the shorthand of computational social science (Alvarez, 2016; Behnke et al., 2018), and new professions such as the fabled data scientist – part statistician, part computer scientist, part social ...