Tell Us What You Really Think

Welcome to “Tell Us What You Really Think,” a web-based experiment that examines user perceptions of library services. Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the “I Agree” button at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.

Consent Form

This study involves a web-based questionnaire designed to determine where library services need improvement and to develop services that better meet our users’ needs. The study is being conducted by Dr. Ellen Safley, Dean of Eugene McDermott Library, and Dr. Tiffany Norris, Associate Director for Research Services, Eugene McDermott Library, at The University of Texas at Dallas, and it has been approved by The University of Texas at Dallas Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).

Participation in the study typically takes approximately 5 minutes and is strictly confidential. Participants begin by completing the online survey questionnaire.

All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware; however, that the experiment is not being run from a “secure” https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers).

Many individuals find participation in this study enjoyable, and no adverse reactions have been reported thus far. Students will receive the option to enter their email address in order to enter a prize drawing.

Participation is voluntary, refusal to take part in the study involves no penalty or loss of benefits to which participants are otherwise entitled, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled.

If participants have further questions about this study, they may contact the principal investigator, Tiffany Norris at (972) 883-2952 or the Faculty Sponsor, Ellen Safley, at (972) 883-2916. Participants who want more information about their rights as a participant or who want to report a research related concern may contact The University of Texas at Dallas Institutional Review Board at (972) 883-4579.


If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the “I Agree” button to begin the experiment.

I Agree!

Page Last Updated: October 27, 2017