[CITASA] Paper vs Electronic Surveys

Noelle A Chesley chesley at uwm.edu
Tue Jun 10 14:52:05 EDT 2014

While we are on the topic of methodology, can anyone recommend suitable introductory reading on the topic of using social network sites in a research setting? I wanted to add this topic to my undergraduate methods course for sociology students as it is not covered in our text. 


Noelle Chesley 

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From: "Eszter Hargittai" <info at webuse.org> 
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Subject: Re: [CITASA] Paper vs Electronic Surveys 


For quality control, I recommend using an attentiveness question (or two) regardless of mode of data collection. Here is an example. 

The purpose of this question is to assess your attentiveness to question wording. For this question please mark the “Very often” response. 

Very Often 

In paper surveys I have administered in the past few years on young adults (in postal mail) this has resulted in 3-4% cases excluded from the analyses. (I pitch cases where the answer is wrong or the respondent skipped the question.) 


Eszter Hargittai 
Delaney Family Professor, Communication Studies Department, Northwestern University 
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University 


Quoting "Davis, Jennifer Lauren - davis5jl" < davis5jl at jmu.edu >: 


Hi all, 

A colleague and I wondered what, if anything, the literature says 
about accuracy of online vs. paper and pencil surveys. There's a lot 
available about response rates, but does medium affect how honest 
people are in their responses? 

Will happily share with the list. 


Jenny L. Davis 
Assistant Professor of Sociology 
James Madison University 

Weekly Author: Cyborgology.org< http:// thesocietypages.org/ cyborgology/ > 
Twitter: @Jenny_L_Davis< https:// twitter.com/Jenny_L_Davis > 

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