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By Nigel Gilbert

ISBN-10: 0761944591

ISBN-13: 9780761944591

ISBN-10: 0761944605

ISBN-13: 9780761944607

ISBN-10: 1847877605

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From Postgraduate to Social Scientist is vital examining for any postgraduate or new researcher who's attracted to a profession within the social sciences. The ebook describes the abilities wanted for fulfillment in relocating from being a scholar to turning into an educational or specialist social scientist. Written through specialists within the box, Gilbert et al., this e-book deals a different insider's view of the way to make the transition. via adopting a transparent and obtainable strategy, this e-book encourages scholars embarking at the trip in the direction of turning into a social scientist to interact with each point of the method.

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This chapter explains how the internet can be used as a secondary source for data from databases about social science, and also for primary data collection about respondents using the online equivalents of interviews, observation and surveys. • The chapter explains and compares chat rooms, web pages, web logs, mailing lists and other ways of interacting with the internet. • It also considers issues such as data quality and ethics. In the last ten years the internet has fundamentally changed the ways in which many social scientists undertake research.

G. contrast Baym, 2000, with Kendall, 2002). As with any other data gathering, it is wise to begin with an exploratory stage and/or pilot. qxd 1/12/2006 2:16 PM Page 28 28 From postgraduate to social scientist There is often a variety of specialised software that can be used to collect data, and several packages should be compared. Before setting out to use any online service it is essential to understand what kinds of technological understanding and infrastructure you will need to run it and, if you are setting up a purpose-built service for the project, what kind of technical set-up your participants will need to access it.

Viewers can directly engage with each other, as well as with the author. While there are an estimated 5 million blogs (Belo, 2004) about specific themes or random responses to everyday life, they are still at an experimental stage for conducting social research, although there is a rapidly growing academic blogging community. Some blogs document the ups and downs of academic life and research projects (Burgess, 2004; Cohen, 2005; Gregg, 2004). Others are directly used to gather data and stories, and universities are increasingly integrating them into teaching (Adenekan, 2005).

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