Why should I participate?

  • Your input will help us design a software for managing primary sources better so that you can be more productive in your research.
  • You will get to evaluate early versions of our software to decide whether it meets your needs.
  • You will receive a $25 gift certificate for participating in our survey and interview.
  • You will receive an additional $50 gift certificate if we observe your work session in an archive reading room.

What will I have to do?

  • The current study is designed to understand scholarly practices and needs with respect to managing primary source materials in research projects.
  • You may participate in our study at two levels:
  • All participants will
    • fill out a brief survey questionnaire
    • answer interview questions. Your responses will give us an insight into your goals, methods, and work practices
    • If you feel comfortable, we would like you to share some of your notes and records from a (past) research project
    • As a token of our appreciation of your input, you will receive a $25 gift certificate.
  • Optionally, you may let us observe one of your work sessions in an archive reading room. During this session
    • we will take notes about your work practices
    • conduct a brief interview to get an understanding of the rationale behind your actions
    • This session may last longer and as recognition of your greater involvement, you will receive an additional $50 gift certificate.


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