About the Project
Project Overview: Tests conducted from May 2005 - July 2005
Methodologies: Expert Evaluations, Formal User Testing
Search Tools (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/) provides end-users with a quick, easy, and personalized interface which can metasearch (search simultaneously) for information in a variety of information resources, such as catalogs, reference resources, digital repositories, or subject-based Web gateways. Search Tools provides the ability to save references in My Shelf, to disk, send via email, or use "Find It!" to find out UM availability. Search Tools runs using Ex Libris' Metalib technology.
The goal for this set of tests was to collect user data on the functionality and usability of Search Tools, specifically the Quick Search, e-Resources, and e-Journals interfaces, in order to determine how they should be modified to best meet the needs of the University community.
Expert Evaluations (Jul 2005)
Several colleagues at UM reviewed the Deep Blue environment within their context as expert searchers.
Formal User Test (Jul 2005)
Individuals were asked to complete tasks involving labeling and navigation as well as the various types of searches available. Only a summary of this testing is available, not the full report.