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Survey on historical research

Published on April 14, 2015

For the past several years, my research as a PhD student in Library and Information Science has allowed me to delve into the information behavior of practicing historians. I’ve studied their use of technology, of both the physical and digital library, and their communication behavior. I’ve published on their awareness and knowledge of e-books, and am now looking to develop one section of the findings from that paper into my thesis.     

I am currently seeking practicing historians and history students to complete an online survey that should take about 20 mins. The survey investigates the role that serendipity (or that “A-ha!” moment) plays in historical research. There are four sections to this survey: Section A - the participant’s own research, Section - the participants' serendipitous experiences with research material, Section C  - serendipitous experiences as they occur in the digital information environment, and Section D demographics. All participants will remain anonymous.


You can participate in the survey by clicking here:

Please email any comments or questions to Kim at

                                                                        Looking forward to hearing from you!


 Any guidance you have would be most appreciated,


Kim Martin
PhD Candidate
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario
Twitter: @antimony27

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