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Webb, Paula L.; Nero, Muriel D. – Computers in Libraries, 2009
In today's world of instant everything, everyone has been exposed to some form of Web 2.0 technology, and higher education is not exempt from its long reach. Libraries of all types are incorporating Web 2.0 features to attract users as well as to showcase library services. The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) has become more user-friendly with…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Academic Libraries, Online Catalogs, Library Services
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Fang, Wei; Crawford, Marjorie E. – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2008
Although there is a proliferation of information available on the Web, and law professors, students, and other users have a variety of channels to locate information and complete their research activities, the law library catalog still remains an important source for offering users access to information that has been evaluated and cataloged by…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Law Libraries, Online Catalogs, Internet
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Kilgour, Frederick G. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2001
This experiment explores the effectiveness of retrieving the listing of a known-item book from the 3.6 million entry online catalog at the library of the University of Michigan using various combinations of author's name plus first and last title words. Discusses implications for the design of OPAC (online public access catalog) screens.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Authors, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
Hert, Carol A.; Nilan, Michael S. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Presents preliminary data that characterizes the relationship between what users say they are trying to accomplish when using an online public access catalog (OPAC) and their perceptions of what input to give the system. Human-machine interaction is discussed, and appropriate methods for evaluating information retrieval systems are considered. (18…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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Cherry, Joan M. – Information Technology and Libraries, 1998
Evaluation of data from assessments of full bibliographic displays in academic library OPACs (online public access catalogs) and World Wide Web catalogs against a checklist of desirable features found that OPAC displays scored 58% and Web displays scored 60%. Discusses weaknesses, focusing on those found in the majority of the displays…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Bibliographic Records, Check Lists, Comparative Analysis
Rice, James – Library Journal, 1988
Identifies factors which may account for user dissatisfaction with online public access catalogs (OPACs) and discusses some advantages of OPACs over card catalogs: (1) design for subject searching; (2) flexibility; (3) browsing capability; (4) precision; (5) availability of status information; and (6) development of microcomputer software to…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Card Catalogs, Computer Software, Higher Education
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Hardin, Steve – CD-ROM Professional, 1991
Describes how the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) and several other databases were added to the online public access catalog at Indiana State University, and explores impacts of enhancing access in this manner at several academic libraries. Telecommunications and software design consideration are also discussed, together with…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Bibliographic Databases, Comparative Analysis
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Besser, Howard – Library Trends, 1990
Discusses the problem of access in managing image collections and describes a prototype system for the University of California Berkeley which would include the University Art Museum, Architectural Slide Library, Geography Department's Map Library and Lowie Museum of Anthropology photographs. The system combines an online public access catalog…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Archives, Computer Graphics
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Allen, Bryce – Library Quarterly, 1991
Describes research using students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that investigated the ways in which different levels of knowledge about a topic can affect search strategies in an online public access catalog. Previous research is reviewed, and implications for information intermediaries and designers of information retrieval…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Analysis of Variance, Higher Education, Hypothesis Testing
Spink, Amanda; Beatty, Leslie – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1995
Results are reported from a study that investigated the extent to which academic library end users conducted multiple search sessions with online public access catalogs or CD-ROM databases at different stages of their information seeking related to a research project. Implications for training, retrieval systems design, and further research are…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer System Design, Databases, Higher Education
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Cherry, Joan M. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1992
An analysis of 100 online public access catalog (OPAC) search sessions explored the effectiveness of converting unsuccessful subject searches to keyword searches. It is suggested that either a system generated message to the user to try a keyword search, or an automatic conversion of zero-hit searches might be effective in improving search…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Keywords
Hulser, Richard P. – Computers in Libraries, 1993
Discussion of graphical user interfaces for online public access catalogs (OPACs) covers the history of OPACs; OPAC front-end design, including examples from Indiana University and the University of Illinois; and planning and implementation of a user interface. (10 references) (EA)
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Libraries, Computer Graphics, Computer Software Development
Hert, Carol A. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1992
Presents preliminary findings of a study that developed descriptions of the behaviors and underlying cognitive processes observed during information retrieval interactions. Data from talk-aloud protocols and postsearch interviews from users of online public access catalogs in academic libraries are examined. (20 references) (LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cognitive Processes, Higher Education, Induction
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Millsap, Larry; Ferl, Terry Ellen – Information Technology and Libraries, 1993
Describes a study that examined the search behavior of remote users of the University of California MELVYL online public access catalog by analyzing the transaction logs. Highlights include the number of searches, databases searched, number of retrievals, constructing search commands, problems with search terms, and effectiveness of searches.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Databases, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
Hert, Carol A. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1995
Describes an inductive, qualitative study of 30 Syracuse University students that investigated the situated nature of action during interactions with an online public access catalog. Highlights include elements of situatedness, with examples; the mapping of individual searches; and users' goals and stopping behavior. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Interviews
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