Technical Communication Research: From Traditional to Virtual

Laura J Gurak, Christine M. Silker

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Researchers in technical communication have recently begun to take advantage of the interactions taking place via computer-mediated communication as a rich source for research. Yet, although research in cyberspace is growing, there are few guidelines for researchers to follow. This article reviews three forms of technical communication research methods (ethnography, rhetorical analysis, and surveys) and raises preliminary issues to consider when using such research methods in cyberspace. These issues include privacy and author permissions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-418
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

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