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Usability and user perceptions of a thesaurus-enhanced search interface

Shiri, A.A. and Revie, C.W. (2005) Usability and user perceptions of a thesaurus-enhanced search interface. Journal of Documentation, 61 (5). pp. 640-656. ISSN 0022-0418

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Abstract

This paper seeks to report an investigation into the ways in which end-users perceive a thesaurus-enhanced search interface, in particular thesaurus and search interface usability. The results suggest that interface usability is a factor affecting thesaurus browsing/navigation and other information-searching behaviours. Academic staff viewed the function of a thesaurus as being useful for narrowing down a search and providing alternative search terms, while postgraduates stressed the role of the thesaurus for broadening searches and providing new terms.