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Webbin' Rebels

New Search Box for the Home Page

By Michael Yunkin on January 28, 2014 10:19 AM | Permalink

Hello Library All!

The Usability Committee is recommending a change in the design of the search box on the Libraries home page in order to improve user experience.

You may recall that usability testing of the Libraries redesigned (current) home page in 2012 showed that students did not use the dropdown menu next to the search box to limit their searches. Instead, they simply used the default search (Summon) whether or not that was appropriate. Using the data from these tests, John Murphy created several mockups of a potential new search tool.

In the Summer and Fall of 2013, graduate students and faculty were shown the current design -- where they repeated the behavior noted in previous usability testing -- and the new mockups. Feedback was gathered on the old and new designs, and a single mockup (with some adjustments) was chosen as the best search option to help users discover the materials they need.