Doing Qualitative Research Online
- Janet E. Salmons - Free-range Scholar, Vision2Lead and Research Community Manager at SAGE MethodSpace
Internet Research | Qualitative Research (General) | Sociological Research Methods
- Ethical issues in research design and ethical relationships with participants
- Designing online qualitative studies
- Collecting qualitative data online through interviews, observations, participatory and arts-based research and a wide range of posts and documents.
- Analyzing data and reporting findings
Written by a scholar-practitioner in e-learning and online academia with 15 years’ experience, this book will help all those new to online research by providing a range of examples and illustrations from published research. The text and accompanying materials will offer discussion and assignment ideas for ease of adoption.
Doing Qualitative Research Online 2nd Edition is now available!
A timely, well-structured textbook that will be of use to students, teachers and researchers. It provides a comprehensive overview of the range of online qualitative research methods. and offers readers step by step guidance and careful consideration of the key ethical, practical and quality issues involved in conducting qualitative research online. From online interviews to using social media data, this book is a welcome addition to our methods toolkit
Salmons' thorough and readable book brings a complex technical skill-set within the reach of any competent student or researcher. The companion website is loaded with useful resources. Together they will be invaluable for anyone considering or undertaking qualitative online research.
Salmons’ qualitative e-research framework is a highly anticipated extension of her expertise on online interviewing. She guides the reader across the entire research process – from selecting an overarching methodology to reporting the findings – while continually revisiting the importance of engaging in researcher reflexivity and ethical practices in online contexts. Salmons’ careful distinction between extant, elicited and enacted types of data and the utility of each is especially needed during this time of often vague talk about the place of “big data” in research.
The book is written for students and for faculty. Each chapter has a summary, a referral to the companion website, and discussion questions and exercises for the reader. For lecturers/instructors, the companion website provides a sample syllabus, assignments, worksheets, and class activities. The author highlights understanding what qualitative research is and how to use online communications for data collection. The importance of ethical research is emphasized, as online research is often conducted through personal computers, and it is up to the researcher to continually assess if high ethical standards are met through each stage of the research process.
The book's strength is the author’s ability to relate the information to the reader in a concise and understandable way. Concepts are provided in layman’s terms. Second, the book is a good resource for educators, as it provides resources for teaching students about conducting qualitative research online.
An excellent resource for students, this book is well written and presented to provide clear guidance to students in understanding the possibilities of online research. Particularly salient during this pandemic!
An excellent book covering an under utilized data source. It deals well with all aspects of Research Online and as such, it should be read by those considering undertaking research in this domain.
This is an excellent reference and guide book to help students conducting qualitative research using online tools and data sources.
1. clear structured: clearly defined and named methods
2. volume is well-written, in a style which makes it comprehensible also to persons not explicitly familiar with the field
Students undertaking tourism based research often adopt online approaches. This book enables students to identify strategies for effective data collection.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Using Qualitative Approaches for Research in a Data-Intensive World