The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a radical and rapid change in qualitative research. My planned in-person dissertation research shifted almost overnight to an online-only setting. Methodologically, I had to adapt my research quickly into an Internet-friendly format. I adapted focused ethnographic methods for use in online spaces in my research. Using vignettes and reflections on the dissertation experience, this essay offers a behind-the-curtain look at the work required to gain access to an online research site and tips for conducting online qualitative research.
financial aid, focused ethnography, online research
A previous version of this paper was presented at the 17th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. I thank the participants there for their feedback, as well as Aren Wilson-Wright.
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McKinnon-Crowley, S. (2022). How to Win Dissertation Arguments and Influence Readers: Reflections on Conducting Focused Ethnographic Research Online. The Qualitative Report, 27(6), 1522-1533. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.5094