Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: BA-007-001-1-1-United States-DPLS-1996

Subject Area: Communications and Mass Media

Bibliographic Citation: National Institute for Science Education evaluation of "The Why Files" World Wide Web site.  [machine-readable data file] / Dunwoody, Sharon Dunwoody, Sharon  [principal investigator(s)] / Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Program Library Service  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 12/2/1998

Number of Files Received: 6

Comments: This dataset is available for downloading on the DPLS Online Archive. The data is available as SPSS Export files otherwise known as SPSS portable, which includes 3 separate computer log files and one survey file. The original audit trail files for weeks 1 and 2 are preserved for archival purpose. They contain invalid cases and should not be used.

Access Status: Unrestricted access.

Date Ordered: 7/1/1998

Documentation: Machine-readable only. Codebook is in html format and questionnaire is in PDF and Tiff formats.

Abstract: In February 1996, the National Institute for Science Education (NISE) created The Why Files (, 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.

Media/File Reports:

8000 (ZIP disk)
8001 (ZIP disk)
8002 (ZIP disk)
7380 (CD-Rom)
7381 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)