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Chisman, Janet; Walbridge, Sharon; Diller, Karen – College & Research Libraries, 1999
Discusses the development and results of usability testing of Washington State University's Web-based OPAC (online public access catalog); examines how easily users could navigate the catalog and whether they understood what they were seeing; and identifies problems and what action if any was taken. (LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Case Studies, Higher Education, Library Catalogs
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Tillotson, Joy – College & Research Libraries, 1995
Examines three aspects of keyword searching as a possible solution to subject search problems in online public access catalogs (OPACs). Discusses search results, user satisfaction, and how keyword searching and controlled vocabulary searching are offered in OPAC interfaces. Concludes that keyword searching and controlled vocabulary searching…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Interfaces, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking
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Blecic, Deborah D.; Dorsch, Josephine L.; Koenig, Melissa H.; Bangalore, Nimala S. – College & Research Libraries, 1999
Describes a longitudinal study of four sets of OPAC (online public access catalog) transaction logs that examined the effects of screen changes in helping searchers improve their search behavior. Results show that while screen changes initially had a positive impact on search behavior, they were not always sustained over time. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Library Catalogs, Library Research
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Breckbill, Anita; Baldwin, Virginia – College & Research Libraries, 2002
Discusses the results of responses from 63 academic libraries about the choice and content of their default home Web pages. Shows that some branch libraries display a main library Web page as the default home page for their public computers, while others display a branch library page. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Branch Libraries, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines