Technical considerations when implementing online research

William C. Schmidt

in Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199561803
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743771 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Technical considerations when implementing online research

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This article introduces some of the rudimentary underlying concepts of how the Internet works and points out a number of caveats that can influence the quality of collected data. Topics covered include Internet basics, technical problems, programming for the lowest common technology, client configuration issues, server side and data security issues, and the limits of precision. It is hoped that after becoming familiar with the information herein, researchers will be capable of determining whether the research application they are interested in pursuing is fit for the Internet medium, or whether technical issues will pose problems which threaten the validity of the work.

Keywords: Internet research; data collection; data quality

Article.  7541 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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