Using screen capture to study user research behavior

Bonnie Imler, Michelle Eichelberger

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The purpose of this paper is to report on how researchers at Penn State University used video screen capture technology to learn more about student usage of the library's databases. The process of identifying and implementing a novel way to capture and analyze the human-computer interaction is outlined and discussed. Because of the drawbacks associated with both formal, direct physical observation of research participants and videotaping participants, video screen capture technology is chosen as a better way to track human-computer interaction. Video screen capture technology is an inexpensive, user-friendly way to enhance electronic resource usability studies in any library. Research files can be easily exported into coding software for data analysis. The paper examines a new, non-invasive way to capture student research behavior. It shows how any library could use this same technology to conduct research on how their resources are being used by their user population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-454
Number of pages9
JournalLibrary Hi Tech
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 6 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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