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Durham University

Department of English Studies

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Publication details for Professor Claire Warwick

Rimmer, J., Warwick, C., Blandford, A., Gow, J. & Buchanan, G. (2006). User Requirements for Humanities Digital Libraries. Digital Humanities 2006: The First ADHO International Conference, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France, Centre de Recherche Cultures Anglophones et Technologies de l’Information, Université Paris-Sorbonne.

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Abstract

This proposal describes an initial set of end user
studies conducted as part of the UCIS (User
Centred Interactive Search with digital libraries1
) project.
Traditionally, digital library research has focused on
improving system capabilities (such as the work reported
by information retrieval literature), with little attention
being paid to how information seeking behaviour
develops over time and how this development can best
be supported (e.g. Bates 1995). This project takes a three
pronged approach in its research agenda: studying
Humanities scholars’ use of resources in context of the
broader information task (such as writing), studying the
development of expertise over the three year undergraduate
degree program with Information Management students,
and developing and testing novel interface features that
support novice users and the development of expertise in
the utilization of digital resources.

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