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Impact of Image Quality in Online Art History Journals: A User Study

Steve McCann and Tammy Ravas
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 41-48
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27949538
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Impact of Image Quality in Online Art History Journals: A User Study
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Abstract

Upon conducting a serials review to prepare for conversion of art journal subscriptions from print to electronic format, the visual and performing arts librarian at the University of Montana discovered that many of the articles in these online journals had poor image quality. This fostered further inquiry into how poor image quality affected graduate student and faculty experience in using online art journals for research. As a result, a user study on this topic was conducted in the fall of 2008. Eight graduate students and faculty from the School of Art discussed their experience of reading an excerpt of an art history journal article with poor image quality. The goals of this study were to discover art scholars' perceptions when encountering digitally reproduced journal articles, examine the effect of poor image quality art reproductions in art scholarly literature among sophisticated readers, and examine the effects of art reproduction placement in an online art history journal article.

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