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My Book, A Practical Guide to Digital Research, Is Now Available!

March 1, 2020

I just received the news in a congratulatory email from Denny Taylor of Garn Press:

My latest book, A Practical Guide to Digital Research: Getting the Facts and Rejecting the Lies, is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Garn Press will have the book available for purchase on March 03, 2020.

About the book:

In A Practical Guide to Digital Research, Schneider draws on her years of experience as an educational researcher to offer an easy-to-read, easy-to-digest, concise tutorial for equipping both novice and more experienced researchers in navigating numerous research sources. These include nonprofit tax form search engines, newspaper archives, social media sites, internet archives, campaign filings/ethics disclosures, teaching credential search engines, and legal filings. Also covered are tips on conducting both email and in-person interviews, filing public records requests, and conducting pointed, fruitful Google searches.This powerful, practical text is built upon a foundation of actual examples from Schneider’s own research in education—examples that she dissects and explains as a means of teaching her readers how to effectively make these valuable lessons their own. Though Schneider’s own research is chiefly in the education reform arena, the resources, skills and techniques offered in A Practical Guide to Digital Research transcend any single research field and are indispensable for confronting a variety of research queries. Useful as a classroom text or for independent research study, the book provides foundational learning for those new to research investigation as well as surprising, valuable lessons for more experienced researchers challenging themselves to learn even more.

For those interested, Amazon allows readers to view the book, including its table of contents.

The the idea for this book stems from a presentation I participated in with colleagues Andres Gabor and Darcie Cimarusti on tracking the funding related to the promotion of market-based education reform titled, “Where Did All This Money Come From??: Locating and Following the Dark Money Trail” at the 2018 Network for Public Education (NPE) conference in Indianapolis.

In preparing for our presentation, Darcie asked me to send her the information I wished to include on my presentation slides. In a moment, I thought, “To do this information justice, I would need to write a book.”

A Practical Guide to Digital Research is that book and then some.

Many thanks to Denny Taylor and Garn Press for their support and belief in the value of my work.




  1. Ira Shor permalink

    Marvelous! Congratulations.

  2. Kathy Edmonston Gmail permalink


    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Congratulations!

    Al Kennedy Sent from my iPhone


  4. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    Congratulations. I witnessed your splendid real-time presentation at the NPE conference. I also tried to purchase the book before it was officially published. I will try again to see if there is a way to bypass Amazon.

  5. Michael Moon permalink

    Congratulations! I am looking forward to reading it and sharing it with my MPA students.

  6. Jack Hassard permalink

    Congratulations, Mercedes. I just ordered a copy. Looking forward to using you work in my research. Kind regards, Jack

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