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How to Get Good Sociological Data on Religion from the Internet

Social scientists have long known that the Internet hosts a significant amount of religion-oriented information. With the maturation of information-mining strategies, it is now possible to use Internet-derived data to develop and test general theories of religious behavior that also apply to people’s offline behavior. In a 42-page PDF-formatted article housed on the Association of Religion Data Archives website, William Sims Bainbridge discusses six strategies for gathering reliable religion information online. To see other archived scholarly papers, access the Guiding Papers Series home page.

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