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Tales from the Field: Search Strategies Applied in Web Searching
School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bolton Hall, 5th floor, 3210 N Maryland Ave Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA
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Received: 1 July 2010; in revised form: 30 July 2010 / Accepted: 3 August 2010 / Published: 6 August 2010
Abstract: In their web search processes users apply multiple types of search strategies, which consist of different search tactics. This paper identifies eight types of information search strategies with associated cases based on sequences of search tactics during the information search process. Thirty-one participants representing the general public were recruited for this study. Search logs and verbal protocols offered rich data for the identification of different types of search strategies. Based on the findings, the authors further discuss how to enhance web-based information retrieval (IR) systems to support each type of search strategy.
Keywords: search strategies; search tactics; web environment; IR system design
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Xie, I.; Joo, S. Tales from the Field: Search Strategies Applied in Web Searching. Future Internet 2010, 2, 259-281.
Xie I, Joo S. Tales from the Field: Search Strategies Applied in Web Searching. Future Internet. 2010; 2(3):259-281.
Xie, Iris; Joo, Soohyung. 2010. "Tales from the Field: Search Strategies Applied in Web Searching." Future Internet 2, no. 3: 259-281.