Yan Zhang

Yan Zhang

Associate Professor; Director of Doctoral Studies; Assistant Graduate Advisor


Dr. Zhang's research interests are mainly within two areas: (1) users' perceptions of information systems, particularly web-based information retrieval (IR) systems, and (2) consumer health information needs and information seeking, as well as the design of consumer health information systems.


Ph.D. School of Information and Library Science, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009
M.S. Information Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004
B.S. Information Management and Systems, Nanjing University, 2001

Areas Of Specialization

Software Usability
Human Factors In Information Retrieval
Consumer Health Information
Information Architecture

Recent Publications

Zhang, Y. (2014). Beyond quality and accessibility: Source selection in consumer health information searching. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 65(5), 911-927.

Zhang, Y. , Broussard, R., Ke, W., & Gong, X. (2014). The evaluation of a Scatter/Gather interface for supporting distinct health information search tasks. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 65(5), 1028-1041.

Zhang, Y. (2014). Searching for specific health-related information in MedlinePlus: Behavioral patterns and user experience. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 65(1), 53-68.

Zhang, Y. (2013). The effects of preference for information on consumers' online health information search behavior. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(11), e234. http://www.jmir.org/2013/11/e234

Yalin Sun, Yan Zhang, Jacek Gwizdka, and Ciaran B. Trace, "Consumer Evaluation of the Quality of Online Health Information: Systematic Literature Review of Relevant Criteria and Indicators," JMIR: Journal of Medical Internet Research 21 (5) (2019). DOI: 10.2196/12522

Ciaran B. Trace and Yan Zhang, "The Quantified-Self Archive: Documenting Lives through Self-Tracking Data," Journal of Documentation 76 (1) (2019): 290-316. DOI: 10.1108/JD-04-2019-0064.

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YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2021SpringINF 397CUnderstanding Research
2021SpringINF 385NInformatics Consumer Health Informatics
2020FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies
2020SpringINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies
2020Summer 9 WeekINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2019FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies
2019FallINF 385NInformatics Consumer Health Informatics
2019SpringINF 397CUnderstanding Research
2019SpringINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2018FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2018SpringINF 397CUnderstanding Research
2018SpringINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2017FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2017FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies
2017SpringINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies
2017Summer 9 WeekINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2017Summer 9 WeekINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2016SpringINF 385NInformatics Consumer Health Informatics
2016SpringINF 350GInformation in Society Consumer Health Informatics
2016SpringINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users
2016SpringINF 327EInformation and People Understanding & Serving Users
2015FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2015FallINF 391D.10Survey of Information Studies
2015SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2015SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2015SpringINF 385NInformatics Consumer Health Informatics
2014FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2014FallINF 397CUnderstanding Research
2014SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2014SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2013FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2013FallINF 397CUnderstanding Research
2013SpringINF 397CUnderstanding Research
2012FallINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users
2012FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2012SpringINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users
2012SpringINF 385NInformatics Consumer Health Informatics
2011FallINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users
2011FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2011SpringINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users
2011SpringINF 385NInformatics Consumer Health Informatics
2010FallINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users
2010FallINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2010SpringINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users
2010SpringINF 385EInformation Architecture and Design
2009FallINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users