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This is part 3 of a 7 part series about software and internet resources for research. Part 1, “Inspiration for an Idea,” can be found here and part 2, “Literature Review,” can be found here.

So, you’ve found your inspiration for a research project and you’ve done your review of existing literature, so now If you are following a traditional research design the next step is to do your research, or the data collection.

The advice I have for software and online resources for this step is relatively short, so if you’re reading this and have recommendations please add them in the comments!

One thing I have found to be helpful is to tag electronic articles about data collection in Yep with a tag that signifies which method it’s about. This way once I’ve decided what data collection methods are appropriate for my study, I can pull up the appropriate tags i.e., “in-depth interviews” in Yep and refresh my memory.

I also find myself keeping lists of things I want to do while conducting data collection and “hunches” I’m having throughout the process of data collection. As a warning, I’ll remind you to be super careful with your “hunches” you have in data collection- make sure you carefully analyze for them and re-evaluate them after data collection is done! To organize such lists I find wikis to be the most helpful, but I think that mind maps may work well for some folks.

The Radical Anthropologist has recently done some posts about field notes, which might be helpful for you to read at this point.

My recommendations center around data collection methods and organizing data, but don’t forget.. you can CONDUCT your fieldwork online! Here are some links to anthropology research being done online here, here, and here.

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