The WebGuide is directly based on research conducted with scholars, practitioners and parents. Interviews with parents and professionals were conducted to determine which topics and features (e.g., research news sites; ask an expert sites) to include on the WebGuide and to learn how parents use the Web to obtain child-rearing information.
Publications reporting on WebGuide research findings include:
- Martland, N., & Rothbaum, F. (2002). A New Frontier for Research Dissemination: The World Wide Web. Applied Developmental Science, 6, 110-113.
- Martland, N., & Rothbaum, F. (2007). The Internet. Handbook on Communication and Disseminating Behavioral Science. Oakland, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
- Martland, N., & Rothbaum, F. (2006). Thinking critically about the Internet: Suggestions for practitioners. Child Welfare League of America, 85, 837-852.
- Rothbaum, F., Martland, N., & Jannsen, J. (2008). Parents' reliance on the Web to find information about children and families: Socio-economic differences in use, skills and satisfaction. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 118-128.
Rothbaum,F., Martland, N., & Bishop, S. (2007.) Using the Web to Disseminate Research and Affect Public Policy. Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action, 17, 265-280.