A sense-making approach to active e-book indexes

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The book index is evolving to fit the e-book format. However, there is a lack of research on the behaviour of book index users that could guide the development of e-book indexes. My research is filling that gap by asking how readers make sense of active e-book indexes, which are indexes with locators hyperlinked to the text. Locators are fundamental components of indexes -- in print books indexes, they are usually page numbers; however, in e-book indexes, locators can be hyperlinked to the page, paragraph, line or word. E-book readers' understanding of how these active indexes work will affect their ability to find information in an e-book. I am using qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, including observation using eye tracking equipment and retrospective think-aloud, to answer the question 'how do readers make sense of active e-book indexes?' My research is guided by Brenda Dervin's sense-making approach to information seeking.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018
EventSociety for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) - Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia
Duration: 07 Jul 201812 Jul 2018
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ConferenceSociety for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
OtherEach year SHARP holds an annual conference that brings many scholars together for stimulating discussion of an enormously wide range of issues.
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