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How can I build web forms and surveys for free?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

When you need to collect information from your audience in a simplified, streamlined way, a web form or survey is the way to go. Not only is it a better user experience for your audience over email, but these tools allow you to collect responses and data all in one place, which creates organization and efficiency for you.

University IT provides a couple of free tools that can help you build simple web forms and surveys.

Google Forms

The best place to start is the Google Forms. Using this service, you can easily make contact forms, short surveys and polls, evaluations, and many other types of forms within Google Drive. You can build your own form using the tools in Google Forms, or choose from a variety of templates, such as event registration, course evaluations, and RSVPs.

For more details, see University IT’s Google Forms Service webpage.


If your needs are more sophisticated than what’s available through the Web Forms Service, check out Qualtrics. Stanford has a site license to this easy-to-use, full featured, web-based tool for creating and conducting online surveys ... and so much more. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, it’s likely this tool will be able to meet your needs.

To get started with Qualtrics, see University IT’s Survey Tool (Qualtrics) webpage.

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