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Usability studies of faceted browsing : a literature review

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Usability studies of faceted browsing : a literature review
Abstract
Faceted browsing is a common feature of new library catalog interfaces. But to what extent does it improve user performance in searching within today’s library catalog systems? This article reviews the literature for user studies involving faceted browsing and user studies of “next-generation” library catalogs that incorporate faceted browsing. Both the results and the methods of these studies are analyzed by asking, What do we currently know about faceted browsing? How can we design better studies of faceted browsing in library catalogs? The article proposes methodological considerations for practicing librarians and provides examples of goals, tasks, and measurements for user studies of faceted browsing in library catalogs.
Publication
Information Technology and Libraries
Volume
29
Issue
2
Pages
58-66
Date
2010/06/01
Language
en
DOI
10.6017/ital.v29i2.3144
ISSN
2163-5226
Short Title
Usability Studies of Faceted Browsing
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2016-08-17T01:22:03Z
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ejournals.bc.edu
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Copyright (c) 2015 Information Technology and Libraries
Citation
Fagan, J. C. (2010). Usability studies of faceted browsing : a literature review. Information Technology and Libraries, 29(2), 58–66. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v29i2.3144
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