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Users can change their web search tactics: Design guidelines for categorized overviews

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Users can change their web search tactics: Design guidelines for categorized overviews
Categorized overviews of web search results are a promising way to support user exploration, understanding, and discovery. These search interfaces combine a metadata-based overview with the list of search results to enable a rich form of interaction. A study of 24 sophisticated users carrying out complex tasks suggests how searchers may adapt their search tactics when using categorized overviews. This mixed methods study evaluated categorized overviews of web search results organized into thematic, geographic, and government categories. Participants conducted four exploratory searches during a 2-hour session to generate ideas for newspaper articles about specified topics such as ``human smuggling.'' Results showed that subjects explored deeper while feeling more organized, and that the categorized overview helped subjects better assess their results, although no significant differences were detected in the quality of the article ideas. A qualitative analysis of searcher comm...
Bill Kules, Ben Shneiderman
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where IPM
Authors Bill Kules, Ben Shneiderman
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