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1st Edition

A-Z of Digital Research Methods

ISBN 9781138486799
Published July 8, 2019 by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

This accessible, alphabetical guide provides concise insights into a variety of digital research methods, incorporating introductory knowledge with practical application and further research implications. A-Z of Digital Research Methods provides a pathway through the often-confusing digital research landscape, while also addressing theoretical, ethical and legal issues that may accompany each methodology.

Dawson outlines 60 chapters on a wide range of qualitative and quantitative digital research methods, including textual, numerical, geographical and audio-visual methods. This book includes reflection questions, useful resources and key texts to encourage readers to fully engage with the methods and build a competent understanding of the benefits, disadvantages and appropriate usages of each method.

A-Z of Digital Research Methods is the perfect introduction for any student or researcher interested in digital research methods for social and computer sciences.

Table of Contents



  1. Agent-based modelling and simulation
  2. Audio analysis
  3. Big data analytics
  4. Business analytics
  5. Cluster analysis
  6. Coding and retrieval
  7. Computer modelling and simulation
  8. Computer-assisted interviewing
  9. Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS)
  10. Data analytics
  11. Data collection and conversion
  12. Data mining
  13. Data visualisation
  14. Digital ethnography
  15. Digital storytelling
  16. Digital visual methods
  17. Educational data mining
  18. Ethno-mining
  19. Eye-tracking research
  20. Game analytics
  21. Geospatial analysis
  22. HR analytics
  23. Information retrieval
  24. Learning analytics
  25. Link analysis
  26. Live audience response
  27. Location awareness and location tracking
  28. Log file analysis
  29. Machine learning
  30. Mobile diaries
  31. Mobile ethnography
  32. Mobile methods
  33. Mobile phone interviews
  34. Mobile phone surveys
  35. Online analytical processing
  36. Online collaboration tools
  37. Online ethnography
  38. Online experiments
  39. Online focus groups
  40. Online interviews
  41. Online observation
  42. Online panel research
  43. Online questionnaires
  44. Online research communities
  45. Predictive modelling
  46. Qualitative comparative analysis
  47. Research gamification
  48. Researching digital objects
  49. Sensor-based methods
  50. Smartphone app-based research
  51. Smartphone questionnaires
  52. Social media analytics
  53. Social network analysis
  54. Spatial analysis and modelling
  55. Video analysis
  56. Virtual world analysis
  57. Wearables-based research
  58. Web and mobile analytics
  59. Webometrics
  60. Zoning and zone mapping

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Catherine Dawson is a freelance researcher and writer specialising in the use and teaching of research methods. She has taught research methods courses at universities in the UK, completed a variety of research projects using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, and written extensively on research methods and techniques.