Searching the Web: The public and their queries

Citation
A. Spink et al., Searching the Web: The public and their queries, J AM SOC IN, 52(3), 2001, pp. 226-234
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Library & Information Science
Journal title
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ISSN journal
1532-2882 → ACNP
Volume
52
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
226 - 234
Database
ISI
SICI code
1532-2882(20010201)52:3<226:STWTPA>2.0.ZU;2-X
Abstract
In studying actual Web searching by the public at large, we analyzed over o ne million Web queries by users of the Excite search engine. We found that most people use few search terms, few modified queries, view few Web pages, and rarely use advanced search features. A small number of search terms ar e used with high frequency, and a great many terms are unique; the language of Web queries is distinctive. Queries about recreation and entertainment rank highest. Findings are compared to data from two other large studies of Web queries. This study provides an insight into the public practices and choices in Web searching.