Surveys as a complementary method for web log analysis

Lee Rainie, Bernard J. Jansen

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Every research methodology for data collection has both strengths and limitations, and this is certainly true for transaction log analysis. Therefore, researchers often need to use other data collection methods with transaction logs. In this chapter, we discuss surveys as a viable alternate method for transaction log analysis and then present a brief review of survey research literature, with a focus on the use of surveys for Web-related research. The chapter then identifies the steps in implementing survey research and designing a survey instrument. We conclude with a case study of a large electronic survey to illustrate what surveys in conjunction with transaction logs can bring to a research study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Web Log Analysis
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781599049748
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science

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