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IRB Approval Number: 074812B3X

IRB Approval Date: September 5, 2012/amended November 30, 2012

Research Information Sheet

Title of Study: Electronic Performance Support Systems: Comparison of Types of Integration Levels on Performance Outcomes

Principal Investigator (PI):

Sharon Phillips, MSLS, PhD Candidate
College of Education, Instructional Technology Department


You are being asked to participate in a research study to examine the impact of different types of electronic performance support systems (EPSS) on the ability of library users to perform a series of tasks when using the Wayne State University Libraries online catalog. An EPSS is an online help tool that works in combination with a piece of software, such as the library catalog to provide assistance and guidance while you are performing a task. You are being asked to participate in this study because you are a student at Wayne State University. This study is being conducted at Wayne State University.

Study Procedures

If you take part in the study, you will be asked to complete a series of basic library research tasks using the University Libraries’ online catalog, and using an EPSS as a support tool. Participation will require one session of 20 to 30 minutes in length to complete the study procedures.

The session will consist of:

  1. completing a brief pre-task demographic questionnaire, which should take about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. completing a task scenario which should take approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

You will have the option of not answering any of the questions and may withdraw from the study at any time.


As a participant in this research study, there may be no direct benefit for you; however, information from this study may benefit other people now or in the future.


There are no known risks at this time to participation in this study.


There will be no costs to you for participation in this research study.


For taking part in this research study, for your time and inconvenience, you will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.


There will be no list that links your identity with test results.

Voluntary Participation /Withdrawal

Taking part in this study is voluntary. You are free to not answer any questions or withdraw at any time. Your decision will not change any present or future relationships with Wayne State University or its affiliates.


If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Sharon Phillips or one of her research team members at the following phone number 734-516-6986. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, the Chair of the Human Investigation Committee can be contacted at (313) 577-1628. If you are unable to contact the research staff, or if you want to talk to someone other than the research staff, you may also call (313) 577-1628 to ask questions or voice concerns or complaints.


Thank you for your interest, but we are no longer accepting responses at this time.