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finding things in large or complex information spaces, such as on websites. Some ways to help people navigate include:

  • showing miniatures or at least links to nearby or related areas
  • providing a home page or top-level category
  • showing navigation bars (“navbars”) with categories and subcategories
  • providing overviews or sitemaps
  • allowing people to bookmark important locations
  • providing information about links (“scent”) that might indicate their relevance or importance, such as by providing a brief description or indicating how many times a document matches a keyword
  • providing information about which documents are popular or have been used recently