Okay, so it's not exactly about applying IT to social science research. But these are compelling and persistent questions that any scholar should ask themselves at least once.
From Michael Simpson, University of Alberta (edited for conciseness):
Questions for Scientists
1. What's the difference between induction and deduction?
2. What's the difference between a hypothesis and a prediction?
3. Can you prove a hypothesis?
4. What is a fact, and are there any scientific ones?
5. If the answer is 'No', how can a scientist believe in anything?
6. Is there merit to the notion that publication is a sign of credibility?
7. How many do you think you need to become a professor?
8. What are a scientist's social obligations?
9. Where do you think bias is most likely to influence your work?