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Global Challenges Doctoral Centre

Systematic Approach to Surveying Online Activity

This lecture will look at how to undertake a systematic survey of online activity using the wildlife trade as a case study. Building on the well-establish systematic evidence review, this approach aims to collect online data in a transparent and reproducible manner to provide an understanding of human activity.

Led by: Dr David Roberts, School of Anthropology and Conservation

This session will discuss:

  • Study objectives
  • Search terms and their diversity
  • Use of logic grids
  • Approaches to the search: search engines or browsers
  • Stopping rules
  • Verifiability
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria

For further reading, see:

  • Bazzell (2019) Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing. IntelTechniques.com (NB: 2019 edition has opening chapters on personal security when conducting online research)
  • British Psychological Society (2017) Ethics Guidelines for Internet-Mediated Research. INF206/04.2017
  • Higgins et al. (Eds) (2019) Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Wiley & Sons (Also see training.cochrane.org/handbook/current)

Watch the training video here (Kent access only)