Online Data Archive

National Institute for Science Education Evaluation of "The Why Files" World Wide Web Site

Principal Investigators:
Sharon Dunwoody and William Eveland

In February 1996, the National Institute for Science Education (NISE) created The Why Files (originally at, now at, a Web site designed to explain the science behind the news. In order to understand the characteristics of the users of The Why Files, a brief questionnaire was incorporated into the site. This survey was administered from March 20 through April 3, 1997. The survey requested information about demographic characteristics, Web use frequency, and interest in topics related to science, math, engineering, and technology. In total, responses to the survey were collected from 399 repeat users of The Why Files. For more information about the data set, please read the study description.

The WhyFiles