A Typology for Ready Reference Web Sites in Libraries

Steven W. Sowards

Abstract


Many libraries manage Web sites intended to provide their users with online resources suitable for answering reference questions. Most of these sites can be analyzed in terms of their depth, and their organizing and searching features. Composing a typology based on these factors sheds light on the critical design decisions that influence whether users of these sites succeed or fail to find information easily, rapidly and accurately. The same analysis highlights some larger design issues, both for Web sites and for information management at large.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v3i5.594



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