RESEARCH METHODS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Kay E. Vandergrift

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It is useful to bring together a large number of websites devoted to research methodologies and statistics. These sites have been selected because they address methodological issues and theories. They are placed in this list in a rather serendipitous fashion to remind us that serendipity is often a critical element in research.

Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research is an enormous site with all kinds of links useful to the researcher.

Human Communication Lab is located at Columbia University.

Action Research Electronic Reader  contains a sizeable collection of on-line papers on aspects of participatory action research.

Qualitative Research in Information Systems aims to provide qualitative researchers in IS - and those wanting to know how to do qualitative research - with useful information on the conduct,evaluation and publication of qualitative research.

How to Effectively Locate Government Information on the Web  As time passes, more data will be in online format rather than standard print sources. In the future, searching the Web will become the primary means of locating government data.

SURFSTAT Australia  An introductory statistics approach by Dr. Keith Dear at the University of Newcastle.

Research Resources for the Social Sciences This research engine for the social sciences is an extensive list of links to resources in the social sciences, including a search engine.

Ethics of Research in Cyberspace   is a clearcut presentation on ethics in cyberspace by Suller.

Semiotics is an extended number of excellent links, including those to papers on Semiotics and theorists in this area. Maintained at University of Colorado at Denver, School of Education.

Research Design is designed by Bill Trochim and provides experimentaland quasi-experimental designs.

Historiography Sources Those who are not familiar with historical methods and debates should be aware that there are many different agendas in historical writings.

Centre for Gender Studies The Centre brings together the long-standing research and teaching expertise of individuals across disciplines to investigate issues and disseminate information on matters where gender is of central concern.

Statistics on the Web is designed by Clay Helberg and very extensive in coverage.

Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College  Child care, family and job dilemmas are only a few of the areas Center researchers have focused on during the past two decades. Other work has examined sex and race segregation in the labor force, career pathways, child and adult development and educational opportunities.

Literary Resources on the Net is a large collection of linked resources for all areas of literature compiled by Professor Jack Lynch.

Designing Effective Posters is a useful tutorial for Poster sessions reporting research created by Dr. Jeff Radell at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Survey Research Center, University of Michigan The Survey Research Center was founded in 1946 with the goal of applying the methods of probability sampling, standardized interviewing, and multivariate analysis for the benefit of scientific progress and toward the solution of social problems.

Social Development Theory: L. Vygotsky  The major theme of Vygotsky's theoretical framework is that social interaction plays a fundamental role in the development of cognition.

Notes on Theory Construction  is a brief outline from using Max Weber's sociological approach.

The Chance Project This is a useful practical approach to the theory of chance developed at Dartmouth College.in cooperation with other institutions. The aim of Chance is to make students more informed, and critical, readers of current news that uses probability and statistics as reported in daily newspapers such as "The New York Times" and current journals and magazines such as "Chance", "Science", "Nature", and the "New England Journal of Medicine"

On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research   A paper of significance prepared by the COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND PUBLIC POLICY, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING, and the INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

Early Childhood Care and Development Resources   The Child: Key Needs from Conception through the Early Years are presented with additional links to Piaget site.

Towards an Analysis of Multi-Party Discourse is a paper written by Robert Malouf at Stanford University.

The New York Times on the Web. You will need to register but it is worth the effort. Many topics are covered in the N.Y.Times that will prove important to research issues.

U.S. Census Bureau is a rich resource for social, demographic and economic information.

QualPage offers resources for qualitative researchers.

Centre for Applied Social Surveys  It provides short courses in survey methods and is developing a survey Question Bank for use by social scientists and social researchers in the academic world, government, market research and the independent and voluntary sectors.

Political Methodology Section of the APSA   The primary purpose of this home-page is to serve as a gateway to an Electronic Paper-Archive. From here you can view abstracts of conference papers on-line, and download entire papers onto your own computer in a format that you can print.

Gallup Organization is a source for public opinion data since 1935.

 

SCILS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey