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Welcome to the IA Research Guide!

Welcome to the Information Architecture and User Experience research guide! This guide covers information architecture, user experience, accessability, and other related topics.

If you are looking for general information on IA or UX, or just want to peruse some web resources on them, use the main tabs of this guide.

If you are currently taking LIS 7470 and are looking for specific information or references concerning IA or UX pertaining to the course, please refer to the sub-pages underneath the main tabs of this guide.


Books on Information Architecture

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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web - Peter Morville; Louis Rosenfeld
Call Number: TK 5105.888 .R67 2007
ISBN: 9780596527341
Publication Date: 2006-12-04
The post-Ajaxian Web 2.0 world of wikis, folksonomies, and mashups makes well-planned information architecture even more essential. How do you present large volumes of information to people who need to find what they're looking for quickly? This classic primer shows information architects, designers, and web site developers how to build large-scale and maintainable web sites that are appealing and easy to navigate. The new edition is thoroughly updated to address emerging technologies -- with recent examples, new scenarios, and information on best practices -- while maintaining its focus on fundamentals. With topics that range from aesthetics to mechanics,Information Architecture for the World Wide Webexplains how to create interfaces that users can understand right away.

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Information Architecture - Christina Wodtke; Austin Govella
ISBN: 9780321600806
Publication Date: 2009-01-22
There is no other book that turns Web sites inside-out to examine site architecture and how to make it better.•• Provides a basic understanding of the practice and principles of Information Architecture.• Shows how to apply these principles, filling a crucial need in the Web industry where diverse types of people fill this role.• Using real-world examples, this second edition contains the latest information about searchability, social media and more.Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, Second Edition introduces the core concepts of information architecture: organizing web site content so that it can be found, designing website interaction so that it's pleasant to use, and creating an interface that is easy to understand. This book helps designers, project managers, programmers, and other information architecture practitioners avoid costly mistakes by teaching the skills of information architecture swiftly and clearly.

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Pervasive Information Architecture - Andrea Resmini; Luca Rosati
ISBN: 9780123820945
Publication Date: 2011-03-30
While well versed in designing navigation, organization, and labelling of websites and software, design professionals are faced the crucial challenge of how to apply these techniques to information systems that cross communication channels that link the digital world to the physical world. Pervasive Information Architecture provides examples showing why and how one would:
*Model and shape information to adapt itself to users' needs, goals, and seeking strategies
*Reduce disorientation and increase legibility and way-finding in digital and physical spaces
*Alleviate the frustration associated with choosing from an ever-growing set of information, services, and goods
*Suggest relevant connections between pieces of information, services and goods to help users achieve their goals.
*Find out the 'why' and 'how' of pervasive information architecture (IA) through detailed examples and real-world stories
*Learn about trade-offs that can be made and techniques for even the most unique design challenges


So You Want to Learn Information Architecture?

Information Architecture Defined

Information architecture (IA) is:


1. The structural design of shared information environments.

2. The combination of organization, labeling, search, and navigation systems within websites and intranets.

3. The art and science of shaping information products and experiences to support usability and findability.

4. An emerging discipline and community of practice focused on bringing principles pf design and architecture to the digital landscape. "

Morville, P. and Rosefeld, L. (2007). Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Sebastabol, CA: O'Reilly.

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Information Architecture Trefoil

General Links to IA Websites

  • Usability Body of Knowledge
    "The Usability Body of Knowledge is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the usability profession. Such a collection of knowledge for the usability profession will necessarily be broad and inclusive in scope, because our profession is inherently multidisciplinary and draws on a wide range of other practices.
    The Usability BoK is derived from published literature, conference proceedings, and the experiences of practitioners accumulated over many years. It is a guide to existing resources, and will evolve as the practice of usability evolves."
  • is the leading resource for user experience (UX) best practices and guidelines, serving practitioners and students in the government and private sectors. The site provides overviews of the user-centered design process and various UX disciplines. It also covers the related information on methodology and tools for making digital content more usable and useful.
  • The Information Architecture Institute
    The Information Architecture Institute is a 501(c)6 professional organization, operated by a dedicated, multi-national group of people who are dedicated to promoting the concept, craft and community of information architecture.
  • Journal of Information Architecture
    The Journal of Information Architecture is an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its aim is to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture.

Information Architecture Concepts and Applications with Dan Klyn

"User experience design is a broad concept with a vast range of applications, especially if we use Steve Jobs' definition of "design" as encompassing how something works in addition to how something looks. As taught by Dan Klyn and Shari Thurow, architecture is the "what" to design's "how," and information architecture is the discipline and set of practices for specifying the "what" of products and services that are made of information."


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