Virtual Trace: A Framework for Applying Physical Trace Research Methodology in a Virtual Electronic Context

  • Frank Lambert School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242

Abstract

Virtual trace is presented as a reconceptualized methodological framework inspired particularly by Webb et al‟s physical trace methodology and a variety of Webometric data collection and analysis methods from the LIS literature.  With the ongoing proliferation of data from current and new Internet-based sources, virtual trace is intended to be considered by experienced and novice researchers as a comprehensive research approach for studies whose designs are similar conceptually to those described in this article.  Other online methodologies such as social tagging analysis and virtual ethnography are examined to provide virtual trace further definition. 

Published
2017-05-28
How to Cite
LAMBERT, Frank. Virtual Trace: A Framework for Applying Physical Trace Research Methodology in a Virtual Electronic Context. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 4, p. 1001-1018, may 2017. ISSN 2241-1925. Available at: <http://qqml-journal.net/index.php/qqml/article/view/196>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2020.