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ERIC Number: EJ1154270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Exploratory Usability Testing of User Interface Options in LibGuides 2
Thorngate, Sarah; Hoden, Allison
College & Research Libraries, v78 n6 p844-861 Sep 2017
Online research guides offer librarians a way to provide digital researchers with point-of-need support. If these guides are to support student learning well, it is critical that they provide an effective user experience. This article details the results of an exploratory comparison study that tested three key user interface options in LibGuides 2--number of columns, placement of the navigation menu, and visual integration with the library website--to understand their impact on guide usability. In addition to informing our own design choices, our findings can serve as the basis for further investigation into the connections between student learning and the usability of the LibGuides user interface.
Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. e-mail: acrl@ala.org; Web site: http://crl.acrl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A