Usability Testing of a Large, Multidisciplinary Library Database: Basic Search and Visual Search

  • Jody Condit Fagan

Abstract

Visual search interfaces have been shown by researchers to assist users with information search and retrieval. Recently, several major library vendors have added visual search interfaces or functions to their products. For public service librarians, perhaps the most critical area of interest is the extent to which visual search interfaces and text-based search interfaces support research. This study presents the results of eight full-scale usability tests of both the EBSCOhost Basic Search and Visual Search in the context of a large liberal arts university.

Published
2006-09-01
How to Cite
Fagan, J. C. (2006). Usability Testing of a Large, Multidisciplinary Library Database: Basic Search and Visual Search. Information Technology and Libraries, 25(3), 140-150. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v25i3.3345
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