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Title

Fitting Users' Needs into Web-Based Area Studies Resources: A Study of the Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)

Abstract

The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC, http://lanic.utexas. edu/) is an academic Website that houses various databases and similar projects and provides directory access to sites in and about Latin America. Exploratory research into the site's usability was performed in October and November of 2002 through surveys, card sorting, and observation. Problems addressed included users' (in)ability to identify and use databases, (in)adequacy of the site's and the directory's - hierarchical structures, (in)adequacy of subject terms, and page size. Several open-ended questions were used to solicit criticisms and suggestions from users. Overall, users were successful in using the Website and expressed satisfaction with it, but some problems, both major and minor, were uncovered.

Meeting Name

66th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 2003 ASIS&T (2003: Oct. 19-22, Long Beach, CA)

Department(s)

Library and Learning Resources

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0044-7870; 1550-8390

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2003 John Wiley & Sons Inc., All rights reserved.

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