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Testing the Usability of Two Online Research Guides

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Testing the Usability of Two Online Research Guides

Vileno, Luigina (2011) Testing the Usability of Two Online Research Guides. Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 5 (2). ISSN 1911-9593

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Abstract

This article describes usability testing of two online research guides. One guide was in the area of applied human sciences and the other was geared toward the discipline of psychology. Six undergraduate students were given several tasks to complete by using the guides. The participants also completed two questionnaires. One described the participants’ demographics and how much time they spent on the Internet on a daily basis. On the other questionnaire, filled out after the usability test, the participants rated the online research guides. Overall, the online research guides were found to be difficult to use. By observing how the participants interacted with the online research guides, the author has identified several problem areas that need to be addressed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Libraries
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Vileno, Luigina
Journal or Publication:Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
Date:14 February 2011
Funders:
  • Concordia University Library Research Fund
Keywords:Pathfinders, Research Guides, Subject guides, Usability, Usability Testing
ID Code:7086
Deposited By:LUIGINA VILENO
Deposited On:22 Mar 2011 16:50
Last Modified:22 Mar 2011 16:50
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