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Doing Digital Methods

Doing Digital Methods

April 2019 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Teaching the concrete methods needed to use digital devices, search engines and social media platforms to study some of the most urgent social issues of our time, this is the essential guide to the state of the art in researching the natively digital. With explanation of context and techniques and a rich set of case studies, author Richard Rogers teaches readers how to:
  • Build a URL list to discover internet censorship
  • Transform Google into a research machine to detect source bias
  • Make Twitter API outputs comprehensible and tell stories
  • Research Instagram to locate "hashtag publics"
  • Extract and fruitfully analyze Facebook posts, images, and video
  • and much, much more

Preface: Before beginning digital methods
Chapter 1 Positioning digital methods
Chapter 2 Starting with query design
Chapter 3 Issuecrawling: Mapping networks on the web
Chapter 4 URL fetching: Internet censorship research
Chapter 5 Website history: Screencast documentaries with the Internet Archive
Chapter 6 Search as research: Repurposing Google
Chapter 7 Cultural points of view: Comparing Wikipedia language versions
Chapter 8 Platform studies: Twitter as story-telling machine
Chapter 9 Memes or virals: Identifying engaging content on Facebook
Chapter 10 Cross-platform analysis: Co-linked, inter-liked and cross-hashtagged content
Chapter 11 Tracker analysis: Detection techniques for data journalism research
Chapter 12: Youtube teardown
Chapter 13 Summarizing digital methods

An essential read for students and scholars keen to learn the techniques of digital methods, while retaining strong emphasis on methodological reflection, critical assessment of ontological and epistemological implications of tools and data, the book is comprehensive and exemplary in its approach and guidance on doing digital methods research.

Stine Lomborg
European Journal of Communication
European Journal of Communication

Contains good advice and tips for digital research.

Mr Paul Edward Matthews
Gloucestershire Business School, Gloucestershire University
March 23, 2022