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The CREE project - Investigating user requirements for searching within institutional environments

Awre, Chris; Hanganu, Gabriel; Ingram, Caroline; Brett, Tony; Dolphin, Ian


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Mr Chris Awre
Interim University Librarian and Associate Director (Collections, Learning & Research)

Gabriel Hanganu

Caroline Ingram

Tony Brett

Ian Dolphin


The Contextual Resource Evaluation Environment (CREE) project has investigated user requirements for the presentation of a range of different Internet-based search tools in a variety of local institutional environments, enabling access to the search tools away from their home websites. The project's three-strand approach to its investigation included a survey, focus groups and user testing. The investigation revealed that there is much interest in the idea of using Internet search tools through institutional environments, although this interest is tinged with some uncertainty on the part of end-users about the exact purpose or need for presenting search tools this way. Presentation of search tools through institutional environments does, though, increase end-user awareness of what search tools are available and potentially draws them into using new resources.


Awre, C., Hanganu, G., Ingram, C., Brett, T., & Dolphin, I. (2005). The CREE project - Investigating user requirements for searching within institutional environments. D-Lib magazine : the magazine of the Digital Library Forum, 11(10),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 3, 2005
Publication Date Oct 3, 2005
Journal D-Lib Magazine
Print ISSN 1082-9873
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 10
Keywords Library and Information Sciences
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