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How do Users View Search Results Presented in a Grid Layout?

By C. Siu & B. Chaparro
Summary. Previous research has shown that users scan traditional text-based Web pages using an “F-shaped” pattern. Evidence of this pattern exists because of the hierarchical structure of search engine result pages (SERP). In Windows 8, search

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Google Chromebook in an Academic Environment: Yea or Nay?

M. C. Phelps & J. W. Owens

Summary. This article looks at the effectiveness of the Google Chromebook from the perspective of five individuals from various academic backgrounds. Chromebook is an Internet-oriented notebook computer where the majority of functionality

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Are Users Blind to Text Advertisements?

Justin W. Owens

Summary. This study examined whether the phenomena of banner blindness also applies to text advertisements. Twenty-five participants completed search tasks on a mock travel website. Search targets were distributed across content and advertising regions.

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Comparing the Highlight Feature on E-Readers: Kindle vs. Nook

M. Phan & J. Teves

Summary. The rising demand of owning a light-weight, portable device that can hold an entire library’s worth of books has created a growing market of electronic reading devices. This article summarizes the

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Patterns of Information Sharing Among Inner and Outer Social Circles

Justin W. Owens, A. D. Shaikh, & B. S. Chaparro
Summary. With the proliferation of social networking applications, sharing information online has become more common for information that users encounter. This article summarizes the results of an online survey which

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