Reference : Eye Tracking the Use of a Collapsible Facets Panel in a Search Interface
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Eye Tracking the Use of a Collapsible Facets Panel in a Search Interface
Kemman, Max mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)]
Kleppe, Martijn [> >]
Maarseveen, Jim [> >]
Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013
22-09-2013 to 26-09-2013
[en] digital library ; eye tracking ; facets ; information retrieval ; polimedia ; self-efficacy ; usability ; user behaviour ; user studies polimedia
[en] Facets can provide an interesting functionality in digital libraries. However, while some research shows facets are important, other research found facets are only moderately used. Therefore, in this exploratory study we com- pare two search interfaces; one where the facets panel is always visible and one where the facets panel is hidden by default. Our main research question is “Is folding the facets panel in a digital library search interface beneficial to aca- demic users?” By performing an eye tracking study with N=24, we measured search efficiency, distribution of attention and user satisfaction. We found no significant differences in the eye tracking data nor in usability feedback and conclude that collapsing facets is neither beneficial nor detrimental.

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