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  • Newsgroups and Discussion Forums
    Using Specific Publication Information Searching Electronic Databases ERIC Education Resource Information Center FedWorld MLA International Bibliography Academic Search Premier Searching the Web Simple Search Advanced Search Meta Search Deep Web Search Web Directory Search Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Newsgroups and Discussion Forums collect messages from individual members and post them to a central location a particular Web site for instance Members then access those messages through software programs called newsgroup readers often built into a Web browser To find out what newsgroup server s your college or university hosts and how to get the proper connection privileges ask your librarian He or she will be able to connect you with the computing or networking support group at the school where you are enrolled Some newsgroup servers are free such as the ones listed below Try them to see if you connect misc writing rec arts int fiction rec arts poems rec arts sf composition Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT

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  • Email Lists
    Bibliography Academic Search Premier Searching the Web Simple Search Advanced Search Meta Search Deep Web Search Web Directory Search Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Email Lists Email lists often called listservs uses a different strategy Rather than being collected and posted to a central location messages are sent directly to individual member s inboxes They are then accessible through each member s preferred email program The advantage of listservs is in being able to access messages without a separate software program The disadvantage is in the potential clogging of your email with dozens perhaps even hundreds of messages per day from a single list Note You can reduce the number of daily messages from an email list by using the digest command This tells the sending computer to gang messages together in one email You can learn how to use this command by sending a message with the word help in the subject line Remember to send it to the computer s main address rather than to

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  • Chat Rooms
    Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Chat Rooms Chat rooms are live discussion forums that allow instant real time communications between individuals and a printable record of that communication The oldest form of this is the text only IRC s or Internet Relay Chats Newer forms include 2D visual rooms incorporating graphic representations or avatars of the users these may be electronically manipulated within the graphic interface and full blown interactive 3D rooms permitting the users an even greater measure of graphic control over that same environment You will find Chat rooms devoted to wide variety of subjects ranging from the mundane to the academic from the inane to the erotic People participating in them are not required to reveal their identities so almost anything goes As a result you may be surprised at the kind of information you find Remember the old adage not to judge a book by its cover It may not be at all what you were looking for no matter what the Chat room s title Chat rooms can be enormously useful when researching current events or cultural happenings Major news organizations such as CNN

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  • Observing in the Field
    interesting facts telling details and sensory impressions sights sounds and smells all help when it comes time to reconstruct your observations on paper Before you begin it s important to do a little legwork Library and Internet research will help you build a list of possible sites from which to conduct your observation Depending on the type of site you wish to observe you may or may not need permission It s important to find out A few phone calls or email inquiries will identify the contact person from whom you can get that information and the procedures you will be expected to follow You may need to schedule an appointment for instance A private business or a school will likely require identification when you arrive so be prepared You might ask your instructor for a statement on college or department letterhead declaring that you are a bona fide student and some specifics about your project and what you intend to do with the results In addition to note taking you may want to take some photographs or video tape while observing Permission for this will also likely be required as well as waivers or releases signed by the human

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  • Interviewing Experts
    whole group and can speak for all of them You ll be surprised just how many people from all walks of life are willing to be interviewed some even flattered by your attention Choose them carefully Regardless of who they are prepare to interview them thoroughly Chapter 4 Writing from Conversation in the Bedford Guide to Writing offers some good advice Make an appointment and schedule enough time at least an hour Be prompt and be prepared Bring a list of carefully thought out questions Make sure your subject is willing to be quoted in writing Really listen This is the art of the interview Let the person open up Be flexible and allow the interview to go in unexpected directions If a question goes unanswered go on to the next question You may be able to come back to it later At the end of the interview be sure to confirm any direct quotations you may use in your document Make additional notes immediately after the interview while the conversation is still fresh in your mind Be sure to take notes during the interview These will come in handy later when you reconstruct the interview on paper Even when audio recording you should do this In addition to recording important points and accurate quotations notes allow you to record details that do not lend themselves to audio recording Your subject s mood appearance and behavior for instance as well as your sensory impressions of the interview setting will come in handy when you begin constructing your document If an expert isn t readily available perhaps the nearest one is too far away you may be able to arrange a telephone interview Make an appointment for a time convenient for both you and your subject A busy person may not

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  • Corresponding with Experts
    Avoid Slanted Questions Make it Easy for People to Respond Tally the Results Media Genres Television Radio Film etc Lectures Conferences Online Forums and Other Public Discussions Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Field Research Corresponding with Experts Is there a person whose knowledge or opinions you d like to include in your research gathering but who lives too far away for a personal interview A letter or e mail message may do the trick Be sure to make it short and polite If you re sending a letter it s a real good idea to enclose a stamped self addressed envelope along with your questions And if you re using e mail place your questions directly into the text of your email message so that the recipient can respond using the reply button Large corporations and organizations branches of the military and the federal government as well as elected officials are all accustomed to being solicited in this manner In fact many of them employ public relations officers whose duties include responding to such solicitation They will often supply you with free brochures press releases and other source materials geared toward your inquiry Previous Continue

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  • Conducting Surveys
    Contributors Citation Conducting Field Research Conducting Surveys Surveys and questionnaires are as much a part of contemporary life as iPods and cell phones In fact many people enjoy having their knowledge tapped or their opinion solicited Filling out a questionnaire can even have a game like appeal self quiz features appear in popular magazines and tabloid newspapers all the time How Ambitious Are You will headline a thirty question quiz

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  • Survey Basics
    or a broad range of the populace diversified in geography income ethnic background and education The purpose of a survey may be to inform a manufacturer when test marketing a new product or identifying a new market Politicians use them to plan their campaigns and judge the mood of their constituents Regardless they are widely used because they deliver large stores of useful information quickly and efficiently Few student research writers conduct such extensive surveys as the time money and effort required is prohibitive For smaller less prohibitive surveys then it is best to report the results of your survey in non statistical terms It s one thing to say that many of the students who filled out a questionnaire on reading habits hadn t read a newspaper in the past month it s another to claim such is true of seventy two percent of the student population when you were only able to give questionnaires to the twenty two percent who were in the dining hall the day you were there and half of those threw them in the trash on the way out A far more useful and reliable way to use a questionnaire is to think of

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