Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

I know I haven’t posted on this particular blog as often as I feel I should, but here are some posts on my other blogs that some of you might find interesting:

Bonus posts: How to write a Discussion section for your paper, thesis or dissertation and How to write a paper guaranteed to get published.


This semester, we have the opportunity to explore social media monitoring platforms Radian6 and Visible Technologies.

Please take some time to watch demos that explain what these platforms are and how they work.

Visible Technologies offers a very useful video introduction, followed by a tour of the platform’s key features. Please study them.

Radian6′ product introduction video explains what you can do with the platform. A more in-depth webinar walks you through the platform’s features.

Please familiarize yourself with these platforms and consider the option of using them to collect and analyze data for your final project. I will try to arrange for some sessions where you can ask questions about how they work, but this would require you have some baseline knowledge. I will let you know when test accounts are ready for you to experiment with.

If you’re broadly interested in social media analytics tools and companies, this post lists 10 more. There are very many out there, if you can find a complete list, please let me know.

Research resources on Bb

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Resources

I have just finished added a folder to your Readings on Blackboard. It is called Research Resources and it contains useful book chapter about:

  • how to write research questions
  • how to organize literature and write a literature review
  • sampling in qualitative research

Please review, use, and cite as you prepare your own research project.

Another R6 story

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Online tools, Resources
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Here are some excerpts from my research project involving Radian 6:

Radian 6 demo

Posted: April 4, 2011 in Online tools, Resources

I created these slides with Radian 6 screenshots so you can see how you can string together different views and analyses from Radian 6 to tell a story or answer a question.

As you dive into Radian 6 widgets and data, keep in mind what you are looking for and why you are looking for it. Please do not throw random screen shots together in your final project. Remember to have a reason for everything you do, and to be able to make sense out of this information.

Speed Reading Exercise Notes

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Resources

I was happy to see the speed reading exercise we did in class yesterday was quite helpful to a lot of students.

I’d like to summarize the point of the exercise here, so you can repeat it on your own. The worksheet we used is at the bottom of this post, and also on Bb, in Readings > Literature Review.

The point of the exercise is to teach you:

  1. what information to hunt for first in an article
  2. where to look for it

What information to hunt for first

The key items are listed on the worksheet. The reasons you want to look for that info first is because it helps you:

  • decide if the article is relevant to your interests and if you need to read it in the first place
  • make a quick assessment about the quality/credibility of the article, based on: year of publication, publication outlet, sample type & size
  • get a big-picture understanding of the article, so that when you read it carefully, you will be able to read much faster, because the information will fit into this structure you have already created.

Where to look for information

If you are reading an empirical research article, the formula is more or less the same. People may use different words for the headings and sub-headings, but overall, this is where you will find each piece of information:

Keep this in mind as you are writing, and try to include all this information where people expect to find it. We will try to repeat this exercise in class, but I hope you will also practice on your own, so you can learn what to look for and where to find it.

Here is the worksheet:

Comments, questions, tips? Please let me know, or at least rate this post so I know if it was useful or not.

I just uploaded on Bb, as promised in class, one of my older papers, so you can see yet another example of a literature review. I’ve made comments on the side and highlighted text to draw your attention to the organization of the literature review, and how I used it to build an argument for the study.

Note that although the paper is about corporate presence on Facebook, there’s almost no research I review on that particular topic. Instead, I review research on closely related ideas. This is one common mistake students make: If they can’t find research on their particular topic (which is actually a very good thing!), they don’t look one level away, to topics that are related, but not quite identical.

A good literature review funnels ideas, concepts, methods, findings from several areas of research into this one thing, which becomes your research question. Speaking of research questions, if you don’t know what they look like, take a look at the slides below to see some examples. Ideally, your literature review should end in a specific research question.