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Title:Comparative analysis of user searching in domain-specific and domain-independent digital libraries
Author(s):Zavalina, Oksana L.; Vassilieva, Elena V.
Subject(s):digital libraries
information search
search queries
transaction log analysis
human-computer interaction
information behavior
information organization
domain-specific digital libraries
domain-independent digital libraries
search categories
Abstract:This note reports preliminary results of a comparative transaction log analysis study of user searching in two digital libraries in the United States — a large-scale digital library in the domain of US history and a domain-independent federal-level digital library that aggregates digital collections regardless of their subject scope. This investigation reveals similarities in user search behavior among the two types of digital libraries with regard to rate of collection-level search use and application of search limits, most often occurring search categories, etc. At the same time, notable differences are observed in the rate of fielded search and phrase search use, average search query length and frequencies, and distribution of some search categories. This study provides empirical data to support digital library developers’ decision making regarding audience-based information organization in large-scale digital libraries.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Zavalina, O. L., & Vassilieva, E. V. (2013). Comparative analysis of user searching in domain-specific and domain-independent digital libraries. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 536-542). doi:10.9776/13272
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Sponsor:University of North Texas Office of Research and Economic Development
Texas Center for Digital Knowledge
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30

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