Survey: Use of Web Archives in Research
Dear Participant,

You have been invited to take part in a research study to learn more about the uses of web archives in scholarly research. This study will be conducted by Mary Bakija, Pratt Institute School of Information/New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Web Archiving Fellow. If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to do the following:

- Complete a brief questionnaire about your background.
- Answer questions about your awareness, comfort level, and use or lack of use of web archives in research.

Participation in this study will involve 10-15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. There are no known risks associated with your participation in this research beyond those of everyday life. Although you will receive no direct benefits, this research may help the investigator understand the current and/or potential uses of web archives in research.

Public reports of this data will not be directly lined to individual identities. The information generated by this study can only be used in future works in its aggregated form without any identifiable information.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty. For interviews, questionnaires, or surveys, you have the right to skip or not answer any questions you prefer not to answer. If there is anything about the study or your participation that is unclear or that you do not understand, if you have questions or wish to report a research-related problem, you may contact Mary Bakija at For questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact Dr. Allison Druin,, 718-687-5543, and refer to IRB number #1222019-AD-MB.
What is your field of research?
What best describes your current role / position?
What is your age range?
Web archives are collections of web content that preserve information for use by researchers and the public; a popular example of a web archive is the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. How familiar are you with web archives?
Completely unfamiliar
Very familiar
Are you aware that web archives, like those collected by the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) [], are available as a source to researchers?
Completely unaware
Very aware
How comfortable are you with gathering research data from web archives?
Not comfortable at all
Very comfortable
Have you used web archives in your research?
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