The Information Seeking Habits of Wikipedia Users

1. Consent to Participate in Internet Research

Identification of Investigator and Purpose of Study

You are invited to participate in a research study, entitled “The Information Seeking Habits of Wikipedia Users”. The study is being conducted by Kasey Ford, student in the College of Education of The University of Texas at Austin. Phone: 281.610.6378 Email:

The purpose of this research study is to examine your Wikipedia usage. Your participation in the study will contribute to a better understanding of information seeking amongst users of wikis. You are free to contact the investigator at the above address and phone number to discuss the study. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

If you agree to participate:
• The survey and interview will take approximately 1 hour of your time.
• You will complete an interview about your Wikipedia use habits.
• You will not be compensated.

Risks/Benefits/Confidentiality of Data

There are no known risks. There will be no costs for participating, nor will you benefit from participating. Your name and email address will be kept during the data collection phase for tracking purposes only. A limited number of research team members will have access to the data during data collection. Identifying information will be stripped from the final dataset.

Participation or Withdrawal

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any question and you have the right to withdraw from participation at any time. Withdrawal will not affect your relationship with The University of Texas in anyway. If you do not want to participate either simply stop participating or close the browser window.

If you do not want to receive any more reminders, you may email us at


If you have any questions about the study or need to update your email address contact the researcher Kasey Ford at 281.610.6378 or send an email to

Questions about your rights as a research participant.
If you have questions about your rights or are dissatisfied at any time with any part of this study, you can contact, anonymously if you wish, the Institutional Review Board by phone at (512) 471-8871 or email at

Thank you.

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