Among the many books on computer interfaces and user experience design, there are few that address the specific circumstances, psychology, and design requirements for information searching. In Information Users and Information System Design, Professor Marcia Bates of UCLA's Department of Information Studies has collected sixteen of her major papers on information seeking and interaction, and the associated user-centered design of information systems. Good information system design requires attention to the social context of the search, the cognitive patterns of needing and searching for information, the selection and presentation of indexing and search capabilities in the interface for the user, and the proper selection and organization of the resources to be contained in the information database. Effects of every layer of design cascade through to the interface, either enabling fun and effective information searching, or blocking it. Bates' popular articles "Information Behavior," "Where Should the Person Stop and the Information Search Interface Start?", and "Toward an Integrated Model of Information Seeking and Searching" are included. This is Volume III of three containing selected works by Bates. The others are titled: Information and the Information Professions (Vol. I) and Information Searching Theory and Practice (Vol. II).
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About the Author
A graduate of Pomona College (B.A.) and the University California at Berkeley (M.L.S., Ph.D.), Bates also served in Thailand in the Peace Corps.
Table of ContentsInformation Seeking and Interaction
Bates, M. J. Toward an integrated model of information seeking and searching.
Bates, M. J. Information behavior.
Bates, M. J., Wilde, D. N., & Siegfried, S. Research practices of humanities scholars in an online environment: The Getty Online Searching Project report no. 3.
Bates, M. J. The Getty end-user online searching project in the humanities: Report no. 6: Overview and conclusions. Bates, M. J. Learning about the information seeking of interdisciplinary scholars and students.
Bates, M. J. Learning about the information seeking of interdisciplinary scholars and students.
Kafai, Y., & Bates, M. J. Internet Web-searching instruction in the elementary classroom: Building a foundation for information literacy.
Bates, M. J., & Lu, S. An exploratory profile of personal home pages: Content, design, metaphors.
Mizrachi, D., & Bates M.J. Undergraduates' personal academic information management and the consideration of time and task-urgency.
User-centered Design of Information Systems
Bates, M. J. Another information system fails-Why? [Op-Ed].
Bates, M. J. The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface.
Bates, M. J. Where should the person stop and the information search interface start?
Bates, M. J. Design for a subject search interface and online thesaurus for a very large records management database.
Bates, M. J. The design of databases and other information resources for humanities scholars: The Getty Online Searching Project report no. 4.
Bates, M. J. Document familiarity in relation to relevance, information retrieval theory, and Bradford's Law: The Getty Online Searching Project report no. 5.
Bates, M. J. Indexing and access for digital libraries and the Internet: Human, database, and domain factors.
Bates, M. J. The cascade of interactions in the digital library interface.