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Yee, Martha M. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1991
Discusses features of online public access catalogs: (1) demonstration of relationships between records; (2) provision of entry vocabularies; (3) arrangement of multiple entries on the screen; (4) provision of access points; (5) display of single records; and (6) division of catalogs into separate files or indexes. User studies and other research…
Descriptors: Cataloging, Computer Software, Computer System Design, Indexing
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Slone, Deborah J. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 2000
Reports on a qualitative study that explored strategies and behaviors of public library users during interaction with an online public access catalog, and users' confidence in finding needed information online. Discusses results of questionnaires, interviews, and observations that examined unknown-item searches, area searches, and known-item…
Descriptors: Interviews, Library Catalogs, Man Machine Systems, Observation
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Solomon, Paul – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1993
Reports on research on retrieval behavior of children using a school library online public access catalog. The impact of user characteristics, school setting, interface usability, and information access features on information retrieval are considered. Overall patterns of children's behavior that influence retrieval and findings about strategies…
Descriptors: Children, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Online Catalogs
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Kilgour, Frederick G. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1995
Describes a study that examined the effectiveness of implied boolean searches using personal author surnames plus first and/or last title words to retrieve an entry from a simulated online public access catalog (OPAC). Implications for the design of OPACs are discussed, and further research is suggested. (LRW)
Descriptors: Computer System Design, Library Catalogs, Monographs, Online Catalogs
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Efthimiadis, Efthimios N. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1990
Discusses the patterns of growth of literature concerning online public access catalogs (OPACs) in the field of library and information science for the years 1970-85. The least squares method and the May procedure, which were used in the study, are explained, and application of the logistic model is described. (16 references) (LRW)
Descriptors: Information Science, Least Squares Statistics, Literature Reviews, Models
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Marchionini, Gary – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1992
Discusses essential features of interfaces to support end-user information seeking. Highlights include cognitive engineering; task models and task analysis; the problem-solving nature of information seeking; examples of systems for end-users, including online public access catalogs (OPACs), hypertext, and help systems; and suggested research…
Descriptors: Hypermedia, Information Needs, Information Seeking, Library Catalogs