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PhD LR survey (draft for design comments)

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The design of this survey has been informed by Good practice in the conduct and reporting of survey research (2003) and follows the useful tips by qualtrics.

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PhD Literature Review Survey

Thank you for taking part of this survey on the Southampton iSurvey isurvey.soton.ac.uk

The survey is primarily focused on digital academic documents but please take the survey if you primarily use analog media. There are 4 sections: 1 Searching, 2 Reading, 3 Analysis and 4 Citing as well as comment on a 2 min demo of my work so far, the ‘Liquid View’ to see what your impressions are.

 

The Survey

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First, About You

What is your Name (this is optional and you may choose to use a pseudonym)?
-(text field) ___
(what the project will gain from this answer: Identify person as unique )

Please confirm that you are studying for a PhD qualification or have recently graduated:
-(check boxes): Yes
(what the project will gain from this answer: Ensure correct demographic )

What educational institution are you affiliated with?
-(radio button): University of Southampton, Other UK:___ Other European:___ Other:___
(what the project will gain from this answer: See how much the survey is focused on my current university )

Section 1 Searching

Do you primarily access Digital documents?
-(radio button): Yes, No
(what the project will gain from this answer: Ascertain whether correct demographic (digital) and what percentage are not )
If No:
then end survey by going to ‘Thank You’ screen
If Yes:
What format do you primarily read documents in for your Literature Review?
-(radio boxes): PDF, Word, ePub, HTML, Other ___
(what the project will gain from this answer: Learn more about what document formats to focus the project on, to check my initial anecdotal view that it is mostly PDF )
Then continue survey

How do you primarily find academic documents?
-(radio button): Colleagues, advisors, Google, Google Scholar, academic repository search
(what the project will gain from this answer: Better understand how the user gets their initial LR documents )

What do you do when you come across a Citation in a document which looks promising?
-(radio button): Copy it down for later, access it immediately, add to your Citation DB, Other __
(what the project will gain from this answer: Provide information to a crucial part of the project as to how to expand their LR sources )

Do you know what BibTeX is and do you use it?
–(check button): Yes, no, know what it is but don’t use it
(what the project will gain from this answer: BibTex can be useful for quick import of documents into the users citation management system, if that system requires it. It is a measure of the respondents technical literacy )

What is your main pain point while searching?
–(radio button): no pain, other___
(what the project will gain from this answer: To learn what, according to the user, is the biggest issue with finding LR sources )

Section 2 Reading

Do you read the documents on a screen or do you print them?
-(radio button): Screen, printed, both
(what the project will gain from this answer: Learn how many are fully digital in their workflow )

If you print, why is that?
-(radio button): Easier to read, easier to annotate, easier to organise, all, Other __
(what the project will gain from this answer: Better understand what digital needs to improve )

If you read on a screen, what device(s) do you use?
-(check boxes): Desktop MacOS Computer, Desktop Windows Computer, Desktop Linux Computer, Laptop MacOS Computer, Laptop Windows Computer, Laptop Linux Computer, Large iPad, Medium iPad, Small iPad, Large Android Tablet, Medium Android Tablet, Small Android Tablet, Smartphone, Other___
(what the project will gain from this answer: Survey of the media and sizes in use )

What software do you use for Reading the documents?
–(radio button): Made by Adobe, Made by Operating System Vendor (Apple/Microsoft/Google), Web Browser, More than One, Third Party ___
(what the project will gain from this answer: Better understand the effort the user makes and what functionality they have available to them )

If you annotate the documents, what do you do?
-(radio button): Highlight, draw, write in margin, all
(what the project will gain from this answer: This is a crucial feature for active reading and as such current practice is important to understand )

Do you access your annotations later? If so, what do you do?
-(radio button):Search based on highlights, Search based on margin notes, visual while reading, both
(what the project will gain from this answer: This is a crucial feature for active reading which is core to the LR process and as such current practice is important to understand )

What is your main pain point in the reading process?
–(radio button): no pain, other___
(what the project will gain from this answer: To learn what, according to the user, is the biggest issue with reading their LR documents and thus how to improve this aspect of the process )

Section 3 Analysis

What are the most important attributes of the documents for you to use for Analysing them to evaluate their veracity, relevance and importance?
–(check boxes): Abstract, age, authors, keywords, full text, Bibliometrics, mention by fellow academic, other___
(what the project will gain from this answer: To learn what the users consider important attributes of documents when organising them in order to focus on augmenting their current needs )

What system do you use to organise your academic source documents?
–(check boxes): Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, Manually/Folders, Physical Index Cards, Digital Cards, A Graphic View, Other:_____
(what the project will gain from this answer: To better understand the most widely used software for this core activity )

Have you tried visual/graph layout spaces such as you might see on TV as a ‘murder wall’ where you might lay out your documents and connect them with lines manually or automatically?
–(check boxes): Yes, no, yes but found it unsatisfactory, no but would like to, yes: Name of Software: ___
(what the project will gain from this answer: This is the space I am working on and need to know if students have looked into this type of view at all and if so, which ones. )

What is your main pain point in the analysis process?
–(radio button): Finding documents after reading them, seeing connections, annotating and accessing what you have annotated later, all, no pain, other___
(what the project will gain from this answer: This is a core question as to where the project can improve the users experience. The organising aspect is the main function of the project)

Section 4 Citing

In what software do you write your thesis?
-(radio button): Word, Open Office, Google Docs, LaTeX , Lyx, Scrivener, iA Writer, Liquid | Author, other ___
(what the project will gain from this answer: This is the final part of the LR process and as such it is important to understand what software is used for writing, and as asked below; citing, and what the main paint point is )

How do you cite in your thesis document?
-(radio button): Microsoft Word Plugin, Liquid | Author, Manually, other ___
(what the project will gain from this answer: It is important to understand what software is used for citing, including if the person already uses my software )

What is your main pain point in the citing process?
–(radio button): no pain, other___
(what the project will gain from this answer: It is important to understand how PhD students find it to be painful, if at all )

Brief demo of Liquid View

Please watch this video on YouTube (2 mins long??) and write any comments you may have here: ____
(what the project will gain from this answer: Gather real world feedback)

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