International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Mining for Data: Assessing the Use of Online Research
Hilary Edelstein, Saira Shah, Dr. Ben Levin

This paper provides evidence on the way that people use research resources posted on websites. Although the Internet is now ‘the’ main point of access to research findings, little is known about how it is used to this end. The research reported here has gradually developed some analytical tools for this purpose. We use data from Google Analytics and from a survey of website visitors to describe some of the patterns in the ways that people interact with these resources. Each data source has its own story; together the data can help us understand how organizations and individuals use, or do not use, education research online. We conclude with some implications for practice.

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