HifaMo Posted February 25, 2014 Share Posted February 25, 2014 Hi, I'm writing my first research paper or undergraduate thesis using online ethnography. I've read several journal articles related to my major, cultural studies, and using ethnography or online ethnography. I wish you could clarify certain issues related to doing research in general. I mean whether my understanding is wrong or correct. 1. The first issue is related to data collection and analysis. So, the researcher collects data following certain methodologies and then analyzes the data gathered using certain procedures such as thematic analysis. In the final paper, those stages will not be described in details . For example, in the method section the author will briefly describe the method used and the way data was analyzed, in addition to certain information such as the setting, the participants, etc. And then in the results section he or she will discuss the findings and illustrate them. But how can the reader know that the author really did what he or she claims to have done in the paper? What if he or she is lying? And the findings came from his or her imagination? For example, some authors may claim they spent 6 months collecting data, which may not be the case. In other words, will my supervisor have access to my field-notes, and other types of data I gathered? I know some questions may sound trivial to you, but I'm a beginner after all. I appreciate your help. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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