doi: 10.6017/ital.v31i3.1880

Improving Independent Student Navigation of Complex Educational Web Sites: An Analysis of Two Navigation Design Changes in LibGuides

Kate A Pittsley, Sara Memmott

Abstract


Can the navigation of complex research web sites be improved so that users more often find their way without intermediation or instruction?  Librarians at Eastern Michigan University discovered that students were not recognizing navigational elements on web based research guides and tested possible solutions. In this study, two types of navigation improvements were applied to separate sets of online guides. Both sets of experimental guides showed an increase in use of navigation to secondary pages of the guides.


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The LibGuides vendor Springshare has been amenable to customer feedback and open to suggestions for platform improvements.


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