Usability and user perceptions of a thesaurus-enhanced search interface

A.A. Shiri, C.W. Revie

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This paper seeks to report an investigation into the ways in which end-users perceive a thesaurus-enhanced search interface, in particular thesaurus and search interface usability. The results suggest that interface usability is a factor affecting thesaurus browsing/navigation and other information-searching behaviours. Academic staff viewed the function of a thesaurus as being useful for narrowing down a search and providing alternative search terms, while postgraduates stressed the role of the thesaurus for broadening searches and providing new terms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-656
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • usability
  • thesauri
  • search interface
  • navigation
  • web technologies
  • algorithms
  • controlled languages
  • information retrieval
  • information searches
  • library users
  • user interfaces


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