Linking MTurk and CloudResearch Accounts: A Users’ Guide

Amazon's Mechanical Turk and CloudResearch are independent companies. For the studies you set-up on CloudResearch to be launched on MTurk, you need to follow a few steps that, while rather technical, can be easily completed in about ten minutes. In the steps below, we describe how to set up and link your accounts so you can manage MTurk studies from the CloudResearch dashboard.

*Note: Amazon sometimes changes the process for linking accounts. If you find that these instructions do not map on to what you’re seeing, please let us know at

  • Create a CloudResearch account. 

If you haven’t already, please create a CloudResearch account. 

  • Create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account.

Go to the Amazon Mechanical Turk Developer page. From this page you can create an 
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Mechanical Turk requester account at the same time.

Navigate to the “Sign in” section shown below and under “New to MTurk?” select the 
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On the following page, enter the email address you want to use and a name for your 
AWS account (can be changed later). After you verify your email address, you’ll be 
asked to create a password.

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Once you’ve set a password, click “Continue.”

Next, you’ll sign up for AWS by entering some personal information. After doing so, click 
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You will now be required to enter credit card information. For standard use of Mechanical Turk, 
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After entering your credit card, you’ll be asked to verify your AWS identity. Enter your phone 
number and the letters and numbers for the security check. Once you click “Send SMS” you will 
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The final step in AWS sign up is to select a support plan. You can choose “Basic support - free” and then click “Complete sign up.” You should receive a completion message.Screenshot 2023-07-19 122605

  • Create a Mechanical Turk Requester account. 

To create your Mechanical Turk Requester Account, select “Go to the AWS Management 
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After logging in, you’ll see a prompt to create your MTurk Requester account. Select “Create 
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Next, enter a display name, which participants will see, and an email address. This email is 
where all your MTurk correspondence will be sent, including messages from participants. Untitled design (60)

After creating your account, you will be brought to the Mechanical Turk requester page.

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  • Create an Identity and Access Management (IAM) user and give this user permission to access the MTurk API from your account.

The next step is to create an IAM user and give your AWS account permission to interact with 
your MTurk account. These are the back-end steps that enable communication from 
CloudResearch to your MTurk requester account.

Select “Developer” from the tabs at the top.

On the Developer page, scroll down to “Step 2.” Choose “Get your AWS Access Keys.” Clicking this link will open a new tab and bring you to the “IAM Management Console.”Untitled design (59)

From the “IAM Management Console” select “Users” along the left hand column.Untitled design (58)

On the following page, select “Add users.”Untitled design (57)

Then provide a username. We recommend using the same email address you used to create 
your Mechanical Turk account. After you enter a user name, click “Next.”

Untitled design (56)On the next page, choose “Attach policies directly.”

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In the search box, type “MechanicalTurk” and hit enter. In the list of permissions this search 
yields, select the box next to “AmazonMechanicalTurkFullAccess.” Then click “Next.”

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To finish, choose “Create user” on the following page. 

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With the IAM user created, the next step is to generate your AWS Access Keys. Later you will 
enter these keys on CloudResearch to enable the communication between sites.

  • Create AWS Access Keys

To generate the access keys, click on your username (highlighted in blue). Untitled design

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Scroll down to the section labeled “Access Keys” and select “Create Access Keys.”Untitled design (66)

On the next page, scroll down and choose “Other.” Then click “Next.” Untitled design (65)

Skip the optional step asking for a tag and select “Create access key.”Untitled design (64)

IMPORTANT! You should see a message confirming the creation of your Access Key ID and 
Secret access key credentials. This is the only time these credentials will be displayed to you.
Make sure you save them somewhere safe. You will need to copy and paste them into 

*Note: If you lose these credentials, you can create a new IAM user and repeat the process of 
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  • Enter your Access Keys in CloudResearch.
Log into CloudResearch using your credentials.

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In the upper right corner, hover over the user icon and in the dropdown list select "Link Mechanical Turk/Mechanical Turk Account."

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Enter your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key into the empty boxes. Then, click Submit. If 
you were successful, you should see a success message. 


 Your accounts are now linked and you should see the MTurk balance reflected at the top of your CloudResearch dashboard. You’re now ready to run studies!

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