An empirical comparison of the usability for novice and expert searchers of a textual and a graphic interface to an art-resource database

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106095
Title:
An empirical comparison of the usability for novice and expert searchers of a textual and a graphic interface to an art-resource database
Author:
Dillon, Andrew; Song, Min
Citation:
An empirical comparison of the usability for novice and expert searchers of a textual and a graphic interface to an art-resource database 1997, 1(1):619-638 JoDI: Journal of Digital Information
Journal:
JoDI: Journal of Digital Information
Issue Date:
1997
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106095
Submitted date:
2006-08-04
Abstract:
This item is not the definitive copy. Please use the following this material: Dillon, A. and Song M. (1997) An empirical novice and expert searchers of a textual and a graphic database, Journal of Digital Information, 1(1). Abstract: The present paper reports an experimental test of a prototype graphic and textual search interface for a university database on art-resource works. Novice and expert searchers were tested on both interfaces with performance assessed in terms of search speed and accuracy. Verbal protocols and navigation strategies were also examined. Experts performed significantly faster than novices though both user groups performed slightly (but not significantly) faster with the graphical interface. Furthermore, the graphical interface significantly reduced navigation effort. While there were no significant task accuracy differences, novices failed to complete more searches with the textual interface. Implications of these results for search interfaces to digital resources are briefly discussed.
Type:
Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Human Computer Interaction; User Studies; Information Systems

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDillon, Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.authorSong, Minen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-08-04T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:39:38Z-
dc.date.issued1997en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-08-04en_US
dc.identifier.citationAn empirical comparison of the usability for novice and expert searchers of a textual and a graphic interface to an art-resource database 1997, 1(1):619-638 JoDI: Journal of Digital Informationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106095-
dc.description.abstractThis item is not the definitive copy. Please use the following this material: Dillon, A. and Song M. (1997) An empirical novice and expert searchers of a textual and a graphic database, Journal of Digital Information, 1(1). Abstract: The present paper reports an experimental test of a prototype graphic and textual search interface for a university database on art-resource works. Novice and expert searchers were tested on both interfaces with performance assessed in terms of search speed and accuracy. Verbal protocols and navigation strategies were also examined. Experts performed significantly faster than novices though both user groups performed slightly (but not significantly) faster with the graphical interface. Furthermore, the graphical interface significantly reduced navigation effort. While there were no significant task accuracy differences, novices failed to complete more searches with the textual interface. Implications of these results for search interfaces to digital resources are briefly discussed.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectHuman Computer Interactionen_US
dc.subjectUser Studiesen_US
dc.subjectInformation Systemsen_US
dc.titleAn empirical comparison of the usability for novice and expert searchers of a textual and a graphic interface to an art-resource databaseen_US
dc.typeJournal (On-line/Unpaginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJoDI: Journal of Digital Informationen_US
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