LibraryFind: System design and usability testing of academic metasearch system Public Deposited

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This study was completed as part of Seikyung Jung's PhD work in the OSU's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It is Chapter 4 of her dissertation. It was published in JASIST. The publisher changed the order of the authors to comply with its style.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.20749/full

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  • Using off-the-shelf search technology provides a single point of access into library resources, but we found that such commercial systems are not entirely satisfactory for the academic library setting. In response to this, Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries designed and deployed LibraryFind, a metasearch system. We conducted a usability experiment comparing LibraryFind, the OSU Libraries website and Google Scholar. Each participant used all three search systems in a controlled setting and we recorded their behavior to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of each search system. In this paper, we focus on understanding what factors are important to undergraduates in choosing their primary academic search system for class assignments. Based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the results, we found that mimicking commercial web search engines is an important factor to attract undergraduates. However, when undergraduates use these kinds of search engines, they expect similar performance to web search engines, including factors such as relevance, speed, and the availability of a spell checker. They also expected to be able to find out what kinds of content and materials are available in a system. Participants’ prior experience using academic search systems also affected their expectations of a new system.
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  • Jung, Seikyung, Jonathan L. Herlocker, Janet Webster, Margaret Mellinger, and Jeremy Frumkin. 2008. LibraryFind: System design and usability testing of academic metasearch system. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 59(3): 375-389.
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  • description.provenance : Rejected by Uta Hussong(uta.hussong@oregonstate.edu), reason: Hi Janet - This is not a true "reject"; there is an author affiliation issue that needs to be fixed. I noted that on the document itself the asterisks noting author affiliations are kind of misleading. Margaret and Jeremy and Jon all have one star, which according to the notation indicates that they are with EECS. But the actual email addresses associated with the notation show that you and Margaret and Jeremy should all be affiliated with OSUL and have two stars. Jon's email does not does not show up in either the CSEE or the OSUL affiliation emails. Can you make that correction? Thanks - Uta on 2011-06-28T15:48:48Z (GMT)
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