An evaluation study of the navigation and search systems on two academic websites and Google

Salim Alkindi, Abdelmajid Bouazza*

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Organizing information on a Website is vital to retrieve information from Websites and the Internet. This study investigates the establishing of navigation and search systems needed to organize information on academic Websites, and addresses key questions in relation to information access and to the use of these systems. This is achieved through the evaluation of two Websites (Dhofar in Oman and Monash in Australia) and their comparison with Google, using standard criteria identified in the literature. The outcomes will support designers of academic Websites and will support students in accessing and retrieving information. The main findings of this research is that Google and Monash University Websites have established search and navigation systems that support Website accessibility, which enhance site usability while Dhofar University Website uses navigation systems only because of content reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-61
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Information and Library Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Academic Website
  • Information access
  • Information retrieval
  • Navigation system
  • Search system
  • Web accessibility
  • Web usability
  • Website design
  • World wide web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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