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date: 16 October 2018

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This chapter discusses uses of technology in collection of data for multimethods research designs (i.e., research using more than one approach within a qualitative or quantitative paradigm) or mixed methods studies (i.e., research designs that use both qualitative and quantitative approaches). As selected exemplars show, researchers use a wide range of information and communications technologies such as web and videoconferencing conferencing, e-mail, social media, and mapping tools in studies that may occur in a local community or across the globe. Through an analysis of a set of exemplars and a meta-synthesis of the collection, this chapter examines ways that the unique characteristics of communications technology influence the experiences of researchers and participants and the phenomena being investigated.

Keywords: qualitative methods, multimethods, mixed methods, online research

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