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Title:Query reformulation in accessing library OPAC: A comparative study on different devices
Author(s):Wu, Dan; Bi, Renmin
Subject(s):Query reformulation
Library Open Public Access Catalog (OPAC)
Mobile phone search
Tablet search
Desktop search
Abstract:This paper discusses the differences in query reformulation for mobile phone, tablet and desktop devices by mining the transaction log data of a library OPAC. We aimed to analyze the impacts of different devices on user search behavior and provide constructive suggestions for the development of library OPACs on different devices. Based on transaction logs which are 9GB in size and contain 16,140,509 records of a university library OPAC, statistics is used to analyze the differences in query reformulation on different devices in terms of two aspects: query reformulation tactics and query reformulation complexity. The results found that as reformulation times increased, the differences between query reformulation among different devices decreased. Mobile-side libraries need to optimize user interfaces, for example by setting web page labels and improving input capabilities. Desk-side libraries can add more suggestive content on the interface.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Wu, D., & Bi, R. (2017). Query Reformulation in Accessing Library OPAC: A Comparative Study on Different Devices. In iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 469-479).
Series/Report:iConference 2017 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Dan Wu and Renmin Bi
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-27

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