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AZ Database List Mini Refresh

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In June 2022, the UX Team initiated a project to enhance the usability of the AZ Database List.

Research Questions

How can we improve the usability of the AZ Database List?


  • Reviewed previous UX studies
  • Conducted a literature review
  • Conducted an environmental scan of AZ Database Lists at other academic libraries
  • Analyzed analytics and heatmaps
  • Engaged with various library stakeholders

Our Recommendations

  • Remove “/Browse All Databases” label from Clear Filters button​
  • Make the Clear Filters button a colour​​
  • Make alphabet menu more prominent
  • Add U of G Library specific blurb under header at top of the page​
  • Add the chat widget to the bottom right of the page
  • Apply the library website template (header, nav menu, and footer) to the page for continuity​​
  • Bring back “Best Bets 2.0” with new name​ and new look (eg. "Key Databases")
  • Add vendor icons (if appropriate)​​
  • Remove Vendor dropdown
  • Consider other tags: peer reviewed, full text, some full text, abstracts only, primary source, government, images, video, newspapers, available in Omni​​
  • Ensure database descriptions and dropdown boxes are accurate​​
  • Improve the search so it's not so exacting​
  • Add more subjects to reflect new programs, like Indigenous, law, improvisation, education and to address gaps (based on courses)​
  • Consider the following more strategic questions:
    • What is the strategy for exposing users to the AZ List given our resources and effort with Omni. How do we think about the user journey? ​
    • How does the AZ list fit within the broader research and library ecosystem? ​
    • What is the AZ list for? access, discovery, recall, feeding LibGuides, guiding and curating​

Year of Study


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