UI Usability – case studies and recommendations?

Doing work on our WinForm application, we find ourselves having to make choices – too many choices – about the UI. We don't have access to professional UI engineers, unfortunately, and we make uneducated guesses on too many issues – should we use a treeview or a filtered list? Should we use opacity in our floating toolbox windows?

 Lots of people have very strong opinions about these issues, but very few of us have anything to back them up except “In my experience…”. What I'd love to have is some sort of good web-site that has white-papers, recommendations or analysis of different common UI widgets or patterns and how they translate to end-user usability.

Does anyone know of any such resource available on the 'net?

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