Eye tracking in Library and Information Science: a literature review

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The purpose of this paper is to present a systematic literature review of the application of eye-tracking technology within the field of library and information science. Eye-tracking technology has now reached a level of maturity, which makes the use of the technology more accessible. Subsequently, a growing interest in employing eye tracking as a methodology within library and information science research must be anticipated.

The review follows the guidelines set in the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses recommendations. Two reference databases are searched for relevant references: Library and Information Science Abstracts and Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts. The main selection criteria are peer-reviewed literature that describes the experimental setting, including which eye-tracking equipment was used, the number of test persons and reports on the eye-tracking measures. Furthermore, this study will report which other methods were applied in combination with eye tracking.

The number of published research utilizing eye-tracking technologies within library and information science (LIS) is still limited although an increase in the use of eye-tracking technologies is observed during recent years.

To the knowledge of the author, this is the first systematic review on eye-tracking technology and application in LIS.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLibrary Hi Tech
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)585-614
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - User studies , Technology , Data collection , Research methods , Information systems , Eye tracking

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