SIGIA-L Mail Archives: SIGIA-L: research on browsing vs. search
SIGIA-L: research on browsing vs. searching
From: Karl Fast (karl.fast_at_pobox.com)
Date: Thu Jul 26 2001 - 06:03:39 EDT
I'm looking for research on whether and when users are search
dominant or browse dominant. I know Spool and Nielsen have done some
work on this (URLs please?). Is there anything else? Anything at all.
I ask because I'm working on my MLIS and am casting about for an
independent research study (someone with my experience can only take
so many library classes). One thing I've been wondering is if the
design of the front page of a site influences whether users tend to
search or browse. For example, are people more likely to browse if
the front page has a large Yahoo! style topic directory prominently
I'm interested to see what research has been done on this subject,
how it's been done, and what they've found. I haven't clarified my
research question yet, so anything related to this would be helpful.
Suggestions on directions I could take this study also welcome.
If you have any pointers, please email me. I'll post a summary to
the list whether I pursue this as a research class or not.
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