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(1) Is it exactly where users expect to find it (i.e., the top-right of the page)?Yes, but I half wonder if they get "search blindness" like they get "ad blindness"
(2) Is it very easy to pick out of the layout?Not so much and I am planning on testing to highlight it in different colors to get it to stand out.
(3) Is it accompanied by helpful text like "search" or "search this site"?Of course, but some suggestions on what people might feel would be best to try out would be appreciated. :)
I would put the search box near the category list, probably right above it labelled "Find an article"Now that is something I had not thought to try before. It makes sense though. Place it near where they seem to be drawn to go.