A Guide to Running Surveys and Experiments on the World-Wide Web
Updated November, 2003
by Kevin O'Neil
Welcome to an informal guide to running surveys and experiments on the Web. This is an attempt both to introduce the process of conducting research on the Web and to reduce the amount of work that you will have to do in order to conduct such research. As an introduction to the process, this guide will examine the issues involved in conducting both surveys and empirical studies on the Web. As an attempt to reduce the amount of work, this guide will help those researchers who have a concrete experimental design in mind, and who are ready to run their experiment on the Web. As long as your survey or study is not too complicated, the following pages will help do a lot of the work for you. Still, all researchers interested in conducting research on the Web may run through this guide at least to orientate themselves with the process.
First, for other information on running web experiments you may want to look at the articles cited in the bibliography I've created HERE. They do not go into great depth, but are a decent starting point.
Since different people will be looking for different things from this guide, it is divided up into sections. NOTE: For the guide to work properly, do not use your browser's "Back" button to try to return to this page. You can use it to navigate within an individual section. To return to this page, either complete the section or click on the link at the bottom of any page.
First, there is an Overview about Web-based research in general and the specifics about using Active Server Pages (ASP) for such research.
Second, there is a Tutorial about how to use FrontPage and Access for making Web pages and databases.
Third, there is a section about Running Surveys over the Web.
Fourth, there is a section about Running Experimental studies over the Web
Finally, there are a series of Web pages to make web pages, which will help researchers construct the pages needed for a survey or study over the Web using ASP.
For links to on-going research and mockups of past projects over the Web, click here.
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