[Air-L] Need New Methods Text

Dan Perkel dperkel at ischool.berkeley.edu
Thu Jul 21 09:35:04 PDT 2011

I am not entirely sure what you are looking for in a text book for the
class, but as a supplement to any unit you cover I highly recommend Internet
Inquiry: Conversations about Method, edited by Annette Markham and Nancy
Baym (2009). Each section features a main article and then two responses.
Great fodder for class discussions and reflections on projects.

Good luck,


Dan Perkel
PhD Candidate
School of Information, Berkeley Center for New Media
UC Berkeley

On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 3:43 PM, Ted Coopman <ted.coopman at gmail.com> wrote:

> All,
> I am looking for a new (one) comprehensive text for an Internet
> Research Methods course, current title: Inquiry in Internet
> Communication. Here is the catalog description.
> "Examines the internet as both a site of and a tool of communication
> research. Special attention to legal and ethical concerns associated
> with internet communication research."
> This is an upper division 4 unit research methods course. I am
> currently using Hine's "Virtual Methods: Issues in Social Research on
> the Internet" which is fine but the research is a bit dated (ah, the
> hell of "everything is dated once it hits the page" for teaching
> internet/new media anything) and while I use workshops on specific
> research methods (interviewing, surveys, etc.) I am looking for
> something more textbook-like with a structured approach. It needs to
> include both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
> I get them out collecting and coding data for two projects per semester.
> Online resources, a convergence approach that includes other media,
> and a "tool box" theoretical/epistemological approach are a bonus.
> Lately I have noticed a few coming out, but wanted to tap the
> collective expertise of the list for some solid recommendations.
> Feel free to contact me off list, I will (as always) compile and post).
> Thanks,
> -TED
> --
> Ted M. Coopman Ph.D.
> Lecturer
> Department of Communication Studies
> San Jose State University
> http://www.sjsu.edu/people/ted.coopman/
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