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The effects on topic familiarity on online search behaviour and use of relevance criteria

Wen, L. and Ruthven, I. and Borlund, P. (2006) The effects on topic familiarity on online search behaviour and use of relevance criteria. In: Advances in Information Retrieval: Proceedings of the 28th European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR 2006). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3936 . Springer, pp. 456-459.

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Abstract

This paper presents an experimental study on the effect of topic familiarity on the assessment behaviour of online searchers. In particular we investigate the effect of topic familiarity on the resources and relevance criteria used by searchers. Our results indicate that searching on an unfamiliar topic leads to use of more generic and fewer specialised resources and that searchers employ different relevance criteria when searching on less familiar topics.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 2750
Keywords: online searching, topic familiarity, searching, search algorithms, relevance ranking, Databases
Subjects: Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Information resources > Databases
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2007
Last modified: 21 Jul 2015 16:39
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2750

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