Sage Publishing has launched The Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods.
The text offers a step-by-step guide to aid researchers overcome the challenges in conducting research projects that deal with the vast data that social media creates, from the formulation of research questions through to the interpretation of findings.
The handbook includes chapters on specific social media platforms, as well as a series of critical chapters on: designing social media research, collecting and storing data, and the diversity of approaches to this type of research.
The text is edited by Luke Sloan, a senior lecturer in quantitative methods and deputy director of the Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University, and Anabel Quan-Haase, an associate professor of information and media, and sociology at Western University.
Sloan commented: 'In an age where so many of our social interactions take place in the online world, it is imperative that social researchers are equipped with the skills they need to harness the vast amount of information available and uncover truths that will help us understand more about our society. We are delighted to have published this handbook with Sage, a publisher dedicated to supporting researchers to harness these opportunities.'
Quan-Haase added: 'In recent years, the academic community has risen to the challenge presented in capturing and analysing social media data, and have developed techniques and tools that are specifically tailored to address the uniqueness of this research.
'The challenge now is to disseminate this information to the wider social science community. It is our sincere hope that this edition contributes to this ambitious goal.'