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Seven Constraints from One Limit: The inability of federated search tools to fully meet the informational needs of students PROCEEDINGS

, Brigham Young University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The decision to update the library’s web site included the addition of a new federated searching tool. Starting from a simple, “Google” styled interface and a “search first, think later” approach, a single limit of the federated search tool imposed seven constraints on the desired interface including the initial interface design, database limits and results retrieved. Consequently, the current search interface is viewed as an initial search tool for undergraduates rather than the powerful, all-searching, cross-disciplinary tool first envisioned. This paper presents the perceptions that drove the initial search interface design, the consequent constraints imposed on the design as a result of extended search times, and the specific direction focus groups and usability studies gave on modifying the current design into a forward looking interface providing “think first, search later” opportunities. The paper concludes with a review of strategies for improving remote data response times.

Citation

Zuber, P. (2009). Seven Constraints from One Limit: The inability of federated search tools to fully meet the informational needs of students. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1030-1037). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 15, 2018 from .

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