How to Find, Structure, and Format a Research Questionnaire

Find a Research Questionnaire

Finding a Questionnaire for your research can be a daunting task. However, if a scholar utilizes the right approach and tools, the process is not extremely difficult. In the video tutorials, the scholars are provided with a step-by-step guide on how to search a business research/social sciences questionnaire using different methods that include Google Scholar and Mendeley.

Sample Google Scholar Search Strings

In order to further understand, a few example search strings that a scholar can use in Google Scholar to search for the right questionnaire are presented.

For example, a scholar is interested in searching for the Word of Mouth scale, the scholar can utilize the following search string.

intitle:”Word of Mouth” intext:Scale

The search will provide a list of papers that have the phrase “Word of Mouth” in the title, and since we are looking for the scale, and the word may not always appear in the title of the paper, but if the paper uses the scale to measure Word of Mouth, it will appear in the text of the paper (Most probably in the methodology section).

However, it is worth noting that the word Scale may not be always used for a questionnaire. There are other variants as well. for instance Measure or Questionnaire. Hence, we may have to change the search string as

intitle:”Word of Mouth” intext:Scale OR Measure OR Questionnaire

Now, the results will provide the scholar with more depth in results. The results will select all papers with variants like Scale, Measure, or Questionnaire in the text of the papers that has Word of Mouth in the title.

Common Mistakes When Designing a Questionnaire

  • Failure to relate your questionnaire with the study objectives
  • Lack of proper operationalization of constructs.
  • Grammatical mistakes
  • Assuming the respondents have prior knowledge about the terminologies
  • Selecting scale before operationalization
  • Questions asked inaccurately by the interviewer
  • Failure of the respondent to understand the question
  • Asking respondents to describe attitudes on subjects for which they hold no conscious attitude.
  • Failure of the interviewer to record the reply accurately or completely (Record)
  • Failure of the questionnaire to record the reply accurately or completely. Lack of clarity in the questionnaire
  • Using the Wrong Likert Scale
  • Google/Search Engine Questionnaires
  • Copying from Thesis
  • Adopting/Adapting from non-peer reviewed databases
  • Not going to the original sources
  • You need a scale for each construct in the study

Each of the aforementioned points is discussed in detail in the following video.

Thinking of Circulating your Questionnaire Online using Google Forms: Avoid this Common Mistake.

Most of the times we circular our questionnaire online via Google Scholar. However, the scholars make a few mistakes in formatting and structuring their questionnaire that leads to low response rate. In order to improve the response rate of your questionnaire, watch the video tutorials on step by step guide on what are the mistakes that one should avoid in order to improve the response rate.