- Randall Davis
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|How can the Internet be used to collect data for my research paper?|
Contact people through email and egroups, as explained in the section on Interactive Communication, to collect data about your topic. Of course, you will use books and websites to find information about your topic, but the purpose of this website is to teach you how to use the Internet in different ways to accomplish this.
Using online surveys will allow you to reach a global audience beyond your city and country, thus allowing you to collect more information easily and quickly, with the potential of many results. Normally, you would have to interview people one-by-one within your own local area; online surveys give you the power to reach far beyond and gather information from many parts of the world.
Step ONE: Identify Your Purpose You need to indentify exactly what the purpose of your research is and what questions will your paper try to answer for readers. If your paper is on relationships, perhaps you want to find out the average marriage for people in a particular country, or maybe you want to find out how people feel about cross-cultural marriages. You might be able to find such information in a book or website, but the results could be old or they might be limited to a particular group or number of participants in the survey.
You should consider using both closed- (multiple-choice) and open-ended (fill-in) questions for your survey. Multiple-choice questions are easy to quantify (prepare statistics) while open-ended questions will allow you collect opinions and feelings on your particular topic.
Be careful not to use leading expressions or words that will influence your visitors comments ("I think English is the best language in the world. What do you think?")
You also might want to be able to identify respondents by their country, age, and gender.
According to a recent survey of 100 people on dating and marriage (Davis, 2001), 55% of men from North American, between the ages of 20 and 45, feel that honesty was the most important trait in selecting a partner. Seventy-two percent women believe, however, that honesty is the most crucial point is choosing a spouse. The results seem to indicate that women place a higher value on honesty, but it is unclear on how much this feelings vary within this group (e.g., 30-year-olds compared to 35 year-olds). A more detailed survey should provide a better picture of this.Notice that the % symbol comes after numbers, except when the number begins a sentence.
Author of survey. (year). Title of survey. Retrieved month day, year, from the World Wide Web: http://domainname.com/path/filename.
Click HERE to see how one student add the results to her page.
|In your opinion, what is the most important skill in learning how to communicate with others?|
|Korea (South)||3 (20.00%)|
|United States||2 (13.33%)|
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