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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
Kalin, Sally W. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Describes a study that was conducted to determine whether the searching behavior of remote users of LIAS (Library Information Access System), Pennsylvania State University's online public access catalog (OPAC), differed from those using the OPAC within the library. Differences in search strategies and in user satisfaction are discussed. (eight…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Library Catalogs
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Seymour, Sharon – Library and Information Science Research, 1991
Review of research methodologies used in studies of online public access catalog (OPAC) users finds that a variety of research methodologies--e.g., surveys, transaction log analysis, interviews--have been used with varying degrees of expertise. It is concluded that poor research methodology resulting from limited training and resources limits the…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Library Research, Online Catalogs, Research Design
Solomon, Paul – School Library Media Quarterly, 1994
Examines elementary school students' use of an online public access catalog to investigate the interaction between children, technology, curriculum, instruction, and learning. Highlights include patterns of successes and breakdowns; search strategies; instructional approaches and childrens' interests; structure of interaction; search terms; and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Childhood Interests, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Ferl, Terry Ellen; Milsap, Larry – Information Technology and Libraries, 1996
Researchers studying subject searching distributed an online questionnaire to users who access the University of California's online public access catalog, MELVYL, from public access terminals in the libraries of the University of California at Santa Cruz. This article discusses the results of transaction log analysis, comparison of in-library and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Computers, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education
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Wang, Peiling – Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST), 1999
Discusses methodological issues in empirical studies of information-related behavior in six specific research areas: information needs and uses; information seeking; relevance judgment; online searching (including online public access catalog, online database, and the Web); human-system interactions; and reference transactions. (Contains 191…
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Databases, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking
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Cochrane, Pauline A.; Markey, Karen – Library and Information Science Research, 1983
This review of the transition from library card catalogs to online public access catalogs (OPAC) (1981-1982) discusses methods employed by online catalog use studies (self-administered questionnaires, OPAC transaction logs, focused-group interviews, feature analysis, online search and retrieval experiments) and new directions for OPAC research…
Descriptors: Human Factors Engineering, Information Retrieval, Library Automation, Library Catalogs
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY. – 1984
Sixteen articles, books, and reports published between 1978 and 1983 and cited in "Resources in Education" and "Current Index to Journals in Education" are listed in this bibliography on online public access catalogs (OPACs). Emphasis is on the movement toward computer-based alternatives to library card catalogs and user…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Science, Higher Education, Library Automation
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Broadus, Robert N. – College and Research Libraries, 1983
Review of research on online public access catalogs sponsored by Council on Library Resources notes the scope and method (questionnaires administered to catalog users and nonusers in 29 participating institutions) and findings and applications (including organizational setting and computer system, catalog use and satisfaction, and implications).…
Descriptors: Databases, Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs, Library Services
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Markey, Karen – Information Technology and Libraries, 1983
Findings of focused-group interviews conducted for OCLC study of library users and online public access catalogs (OPACs) indicate users like OPACs, have problems finding right subject heading, envision features to improve subject access, want access to more than books, and want OPACs to provide new services. Eight references are listed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Databases, Information Retrieval, Interviews, Library Catalogs
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Lucas, Thomas A. – College and Research Libraries, 1993
Describes a transaction log analysis of the New York Public Library research libraries' OPAC (online public access catalog). Much of the remote searching occurred when the libraries were closed and was more evenly distributed than internal searching, demonstrating that remote searching could expand access and reduce peak system loads. (Contains…
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Information Management, Library Automation, Library Catalogs
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Ensor, Pat – College and Research Libraries, 1992
Describes results of a survey conducted at Indiana State University libraries that studied patron perceptions and demographics related to keyword searching on LUIS, the online public access catalog (OPAC) available through NOTIS (Northwestern Online Total Integrated System.) Demographics studied include age, status, frequency of LUIS use, and…
Descriptors: Age Differences, College Libraries, Higher Education, Library Catalogs
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Wiberley, Stephen E., Jr.; Daugherty, Robert Allen – College and Research Libraries, 1988
This review of the literature on the effect of information overload on users' information-seeking behavior focuses on librarians' opinions about the number of references that constitute too many, and users' preferences for maximum numbers of references from online searches, online public access catalog postings, and manual indexes. (35 references)…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Indexes, Information Seeking, Information Systems
Markey, Karen – Online, 1984
This discussion of online public access catalog (OPAC) user assistance includes results of focused-group interviews of 70 OPAC users at six libraries. Importance of printed materials, library staff assistance, users' problems relearning OPAC searching, computer-assisted instruction, multiple-dialog modes, informative system error messages, and…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Interviews, Library Catalogs, Library Guides
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Steinberg, David; Metz, Paul – College and Research Libraries, 1984
Findings of study of user perceptions of online public access catalog in an academic library system indicate that: most patrons learned to use system from printed instructions; next most frequent sources of information were library staff and help feature; most patrons were extremely satisfied with system. Six references are cited. (EJS)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs
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