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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.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2700
Keywords: usability, thesauri, search interface, navigation, web technologies, algorithms, controlled languages, information retrieval, information searches, library users, user interfaces, Electronic information resources, Electronic computers. Computer science, Library and Information Sciences, Information Systems
Subjects: Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Information resources > Electronic information resources
Science > Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2007
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 13:11
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2700

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