Internet-based data collection: Promises and realities

Jacob Arthur Benfield, William J. Szlemko

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The use of Internet to aid research practice has become more popular in the recent years. In fact, some believe that Internet surveying and electronic data collection may revolutionize many disciplines by allowing for easier data collection, larger samples, and therefore more representative data. However, others are skeptical of its usability as well as its practical value. The paper highlights both positive and negative outcomes experienced in a number of e-research projects, focusing on several common mistakes and difficulties experienced by the authors. The discussion focuses on ethics and review board issues, recruitment and sampling techniques, technological issues and errors, and data collection, cleaning, and analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Research Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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