Selecting books: A performance-based study

Faye Wacholder, Lu Liu, Ying Hsang Liu

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Abstract

Our research compares the impact of paper vs. electronic presentation of text on the book selection process. Our focus is on the stage of book selection in which users study the content of a book to decide whether it will be useful for their intended purpose. Effectiveness is operationalized as accurate determination of whether a non-fiction book contains enough discussion of a particular topic to be useful for a research paper. 24 undergraduates participated in a balanced study in which they were given a topic-book pair and asked to decide whether the book was useful for the topic. We explore the differences in performance, with specific reference to the role of the search function, table-of-contents and index.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication6th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2006
Subtitle of host publicationOpening Information Horizons, JCDL '06
Number of pages1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event6th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2006: Opening Information Horizons, JCDL '06 - Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2006Jun 15 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Volume2006
ISSN (Print)1552-5996

Other

Other6th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2006: Opening Information Horizons, JCDL '06
CountryUnited States
CityChapel Hill, NC
Period6/11/066/15/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

Keywords

  • Book selection
  • Electronic books

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