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User eXperience Lab Research

Many researchers use our lab to facilitate their usability, user behavior, and user experience research.

The UXL supports the work of several university, government, and corporate groups, including: Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE), UTK Creative Communications, UT University Libraries, UT Housing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Office of Science and Technical Information (OSTI), Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, National Phenology Network (NPN), and Tennessee Electronic Libraries.

Below is a list of researchers who have used our lab in their studies, and subsequently have published their findings:

Volentine, R., Specht, A., Allard, S., Frame, M., Hu, R., Zolly, L. (2021),  “Accessibility of environmental data for sharing: The role of UX in large cyberinfrastructure projects,” Ecological Informatics, Vol. 63,

Sandusky, R., Allard, S., et al. (2021), “Assessment, Usability, and Sociocultural Aspects of DataONE,” International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol. 16, no 1.

Spurgin, Kelsey Kaylene, “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Readers and Science Comics: A Mixed Methods Investigation on Process. ” PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2020.

Volentine, R., Owens, A., Tenopir, C., & Frame, M. (2017). Usability testing to improve research data services. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, 4(1), 59-68.

Mariea Grubbs Hoy & Abbey Blake Levenshus (2016): A mixed-methods approach to assessing actual risk readership on branded drug websites, Journal of Risk Research, DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2016.1223160.

McNamee, Sara Helen, “Geospatial Data Accessibility in Web 2.0 Environments.” Master’s Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2011.

West, Mary Beth, “RSS Feeds, Browsing and End-User Engagement.” Master’s Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2011.

Wu, Lei, “Users’ Help-Seeking Behaviors within the Context of Computer Task Accomplishment: An Exploratory Study. “ PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2011.