Users' expectations of book indexes

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This quote points directly to users’ expectations of the usefulness of a book index. Do readers assume that the index will help them? What course of action will they take if they don’t find it useful? To step back even further, what do readers think an index is?Current book indexing practice is based on assumptions about the behaviour of index users. Mary Coe will report on an exploratory user study that investigated readers’ expectations and use of book indexes in an effort to fill this gap in knowledge. Results of the study could also inform design of index usability testing and research on navigation within books.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAustralian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Conference - Canberra, Australia, Australia
Duration: 06 May 201509 May 2015


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Conference


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Coe, M. (2015). Users' expectations of book indexes. Abstract from Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Conference, Australia.