Consent Form

You must agree to these terms in order to participate in this survey

* 1. Consent to Participate in Research Study

Study title
People of Pottermore: User preferences, demographic, and feedback

Study Purpose and Rationale
The purpose of this study is to better understand the users of the website Pottermore. Through your participation, the researchers hope to find user preferences, basic demographics, and user feedback.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria
To participate in this study, you must have or have had an active Pottermore account. You must also be 18 years old or older.

Participation Procedures and Duration
For this study, you will be asked to complete a survey through the program SurveyMonkey. The survey should take between 5-10 minutes of your time. You also have the option of participating in an interview or observation. All participation is voluntary and you may withdrawal from the study at any time. Your total time commitment should be no more than 1 hour.

Data Confidentiality
All data received from your participation will remain confidential. Your e mail, if you choose to leave it, will be kept separate from the survey results. These files will be kept in a secure Dropbox folder only the researchers have access to. We will only collect your e mail if you are willing to participate in an interview or observation.

Data Storage
Digital files will be stored in password-protected Dropbox folders on password-protected computers that only the researchers will have access to. If at any time there is a physical copy of the data, it will be stored in a locked cabinet. The files will be stored for up to 1 year. After they are held for 1 year, they will be deleted or shredded.

Risks or Discomforts
The risk for this research study is minimal.

Who to Contact Should You Experience Any Negative Effects from Participating in his Study
Should you experience any feelings of discomfort while participating in this study, please consult the American Counseling Association at 1-800-347-6647 for qualified counseling in your area.

There are no direct benefits to participating in this study. However, through your participation, we hope to better understand the users of Pottermore and the overall response to the website.

Voluntary Participation
Your participation in the study is completely voluntary and you may withdraw your participation at any time for any reason without penalty or prejudice from the researchers.

IRB Contact Information
This study has been approved by Ball State’s Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research. For more information about your rights as a research subject, please contact:

Office of Research Integrity
Ball State University
2000 West University Ave.
Teacher’s College, Room 409
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 285-5034

Researchers’ Contact Information

Bailey LaPlante
Principal Investigator
Department of English, Ball State University
(317) 709-1627

Evan Snider
Faculty Advisor
Department of English
(540) 588-7954