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.
|Number of pages||23|
|State||Published - 2010|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for its Research Growth Initiative program for generously funding the project, and Tim Blomquist and Marilyn Antkowiak for their assistance on data collection. We also appreciate the constructive comments and suggestions offered by the anonymous reviewers.
© 2010 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
- IR system design
- Search strategies
- Search tactics
- Web environment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Networks and Communications