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Web usage statistics and Web site evaluation: a case study of a government publications library Web site

Susan Xue (State and Foreign Documents Librarian and Webmaster in the Government Publications Library, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

Web usage statistics are often used as a tool for assessing a Web site, despite some of their drawbacks. This paper attempts to evaluate a government publications library Web site by studying its usage statistics. It examines organization, including access, searchability, and structure, of electronic government information in subject directory format. This study reveals that a subject directory Web site is an important tool for distributing electronic government information, but it requires continuous development. The usage statistics are useful in monitoring search engine ranking, improving display, structure, and searchability.

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Citation

Xue, S. (2004), "Web usage statistics and Web site evaluation: a case study of a government publications library Web site", Online Information Review, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 180-190. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520410543625

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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