HEIRNET User Survey 2005 Report and analysis undertaken by ADS on behalf of HEIRNET By J. Brewer and W.G. Kilbride 2006

3.2.5 Q3: Which of these resources do you use while finding out about Archaeology or the Historic Environment?

Unsurprisingly, Google is the overwhelming favorite. Overall, generic search engines are more popular than search engines with an academic focus, like Academic Info, InfoMine, iTools, Vivisimo, or Teoma. The large percentage of respondents who indicate frequent usage of search engines means that the majority of the community probably still considers search engines as the easiest way to locate appropriate online resources. The frequent use of search engines in their daily research may be seen in two different lights. Either this may indicate that there is an enthusiasm for the constant discovery of new resources and information, or else it may indicate that users are frequently unsatisfied with their search results and are often wasting time trying to find more appropriate resources to aid their knowledge gathering. Either way, it is clearly important for HEIRs to ensure that they are visible to search engines.

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Figure 5: Question 3 Responses

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Q3 Total pop xls pdf
Q3 Groups xls pdf