Welcome to the Usability Testing Library Guide. Here we will cover some of the best practices in conducting a usability test, helpful tips for making your test successful, and compare and contrast some of the most common software used for usability testing.
In short, usability is the ease with which someone interacts with a user interface. This can be applied to physical interfaces, like ATMs, or digital interfaces, like websites and software, which are the focus of this Library Guide.
Again, Nielsen provides a good definition for us:
Using this definition as a foundation for our understanding of user testing, this Library Guide will provide two resources to help you conduct successful user tests. The first resource is a list of best practices for user studies, and the second is a comparison of user testing software commonly used in usability research.
You can also find our software-specific Library Guides in the Usability Testing Software tab.
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