A Guide to Conducting Online Research by Ted J. Gaiser, Anthony E. Schreiner

By Ted J. Gaiser, Anthony E. Schreiner

A advisor to utilizing know-how in learn is designed to aid scholars, lecturers, and practitioner researchers in utilizing expertise as a part of their examine. The booklet starts off through taking a look at what inquiries to ask and the way to organize to behavior on-line study, then concentrates on specific applied sciences and the way to hire them successfully, ahead of concluding with a dialogue of the peculiarities of undertaking learn within the on-line setting.

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Qxp 3 2/5/2009 8:07 PM Page 25 RESEARCH STANDARDS AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS Chapter summary • • • • Research standards Ethical considerations Informed consent Confidentiality and anonymity Research standards All disciplines have some kind of research standard to which practitioners are expected to adhere. As a general rule, the research standards in a given discipline are where a researcher should begin their own review for a new research endeavor. All research standards have some type of expectation for ethical standards.

This is very common in businesses and somewhat less common in college settings. Outlook is well integrated with Exchange, and, beyond providing mail capability using POP, IMAP or MAPI (in later versions of Outlook), also allows calendaring, task lists, and contact lists on the server. Newer versions also provide an RSS feed reader (RSS is discussed in a later chapter). Outlook is part of the Microsoft Office suite. Other mail clients are perfectly capable of accessing an Exchange server mail store using either POP or IMAP, but likely will not have the same calendar and contact tools.

In the case of intentional interaction (private and semi-private communication), informed consent precedes the use of data, governing the ways in which the data can and should be used (2000: 46). While concern for copyright and ownership of a participant’s words may appear fairly straightforward to some, as Lawson (2004: 90) notes, crediting CMC (computer-mediated communication) texts used in academic publications to the participant who authored the texts raises another ethical dilemma for researchers, who must now decide which is more important, giving participants credit for their intellectual property in the form of CMC written communication or protecting their identities and anonymity as participants of the research in question.

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