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Online interviews: Further resources

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Altinay, L. and Paraskevas, A. (2006) A computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) approach in teaching research methods, International Journal of hospitality management (in press - doi:10.1016/j.ijhm.2006.05.005).

Beusch, D. (2007) Textual Interaction as Sexual Interaction: Sexuality And/in the Online Interview, Sociological Research Online, 12, 5, Available online at:
[External Link - opens in a new window]http://www.socresonline.org.uk/12/5/14.html

Davis, M., Golding, G., Hart, G., Sherr, L. and Elford, J. (2004) Reflecting on the experience of interviewing online: perspectives from the Internet and HIV study in London, Aids Care, 16, 8, 944 - 952.

Finegold, A. R. D. and Cooke, L. (2006) Exploring the attitudes, experiences and dynamics of interaction in online groups, Internet and Higher Education, 9, 3, 201-215.

Guiller, J. and Durndell, A. (2007) Students' linguistic behaviour in online discussion groups: Does gender matter? Computers in Human Behavior, 23, 5), 2240-2255.

Hamilton, R. J. and Bowers, B. J. (2006) Internet recruitment and email interviewing in qualitative studies. Qualitative Health Research, 16, 6, 821-835.

Hughes, J. and Lang, K. (2004) Issues in Online Focus Groups: Lessons learned from an empirical study of peer-to-peer filesharing system users. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 2, 2, 95-110.

James, N. and Busher, H. (2006) Credibility, authenticity and voice: Dilemmas in online interviewing, Qualitative Research, 6, 3, 403-420.

James, N. and Busher, H. (2007) Ethical issues in online educational research: Protecting privacy, establishing authenticity in email interviewing. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 30, 101-113.

Livingstone, S. and Bober M. (2004) UK Children Go Online: surveying the experiences of young people and their parents. London: LSE Research Online.
[External Link - opens in a new window]http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/395/1/UKCGOsurveyreport.pdf

Meho, L. I. (2006) E-Mail Interviewing in Qualitative Research: A Methodological Discussion. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 57, 10, 1284-1295.

Rezabek, R. (2002) Online Focus Groups: Electronic Discussions for Research, Forum: Qualitative Social Research. Available online at:
[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/1-00/1-00rezabek-e.htm

Schneider, S., Kerwin, J., Frechtling, J. and Vivari, B. (2002) Characteristics of the discussion in online and face-to-face focus groups. Social Science Computer Review, 20, 1, 31-42.

Sweet, C. (2001) Designing and conducting virtual focus groups. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 4, 3, 130 -135.


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Thinkofit Web Conferencing Guide
[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.thinkofit.com/webconf/index.htm

An extensive listing of different types of software and services for online communication and collaboration, maintained by David R. Woolley.

[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.opensourcecms.com/

Website offering demonstrations of open-source software including discussion board software. Allows users administrative rights to make changes to an installation of the software which are then 'reset' every two hours.

OSS Watch: Top Tips For Selecting Open Source Software
[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/tips.xml

Page from the website of OSS, a JISC-funded open source advisory service. Offers guidance on selecting open source software.


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ESRC Social Sciences Online 'Research Methods' discussion topic:

Social science research and the internet: intriguing tangent, or core business? - Christine Hine

[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.sosig.ac.uk/socsciweek/blog/?cat=2

Part of the Social Sciences Online: Past, Present and Future virtual event held during the ESRC Social Science Week (20th-24th June 2005) to look at how the internet is changing the face of social science research. Article written by Christine Hine with related discussion postings.

The Internet: A New Field for Qualitative Inquiry?

[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.qualitative-research.net/ fqs-texte/2-02/ 2-02holgehazelton-e.htm

Freely downloadable article by Bibi Holge-Hazelton from Forum: Qualitative Social Research.

The National Centre for e-Social Science

The National Centre for e-Social Science's website offers information about the latest developments in technology-enhanced social science research.[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.ncess.ac.uk/


[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.york.ac.uk/res/e-society/

An academic research programme investigating the impact of the internet on society.

World Internet Usage Statistics

[External Link - opens in a new window] http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

Estimates of the number of internet users in different areas of the world.


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