Interactive research on the Internet
Other chapters in this book have provided you with details of information sources for politics and international relations that can be found on the Internet and have outlined ways of locating, evaluating and using web-based information. Additionally, the Internet can prove a valuable tool in conducting ‘interactive’ research, where the information you require is not stored in databases or archives but is to be found instead in people’s responses to your questions. This type of research typically involves questionnaires, interviews and so forth. It is the kind of research that is highly relevant to study in areas such as politics and international relations, areas where values, opinions and preferences are always of great relevance. In this chapter we will consider some important issues when conducting this kind of research online.