As the library website and its online searching tools become the primary "branch" many users visit for their research, methods for providing automated, context-sensitive research assistance need to be developed to guide unmediated searching toward the most relevant results. This study examines one such method, the use of autocompletion in search interfaces, by conducting usability tests on its use in typical academic research scenarios. The study reports notable findings on user preference for autocomplete features and suggests best practices for their implementation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Information Systems
- Library and Information Sciences