A study of querying behaviour of expert and non-expert users of biomedical search systems

Kharazmi, S, Karimi, S, Scholer, F and Clark, A 2014, 'A study of querying behaviour of expert and non-expert users of biomedical search systems', in Shane Culpepper, Laurence Park, and Guido Zuccon (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS 2014), Melbourne, Australia, 27 - 28 November 2014, pp. 1-8.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A study of querying behaviour of expert and non-expert users of biomedical search systems
Author(s) Kharazmi, S
Karimi, S
Scholer, F
Clark, A
Year 2014
Conference name ADCS 2014
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 27 - 28 November 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS 2014)
Editor(s) Shane Culpepper, Laurence Park, and Guido Zuccon
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Abstract The amount of biomedical literature, and the popularity of health-related searches, are both growing rapidly. While most biomedical search systems offer a range of advanced features, there is limited understanding of user preferences, and how searcher expertise relates to the use and perception of different search features in this domain. Through a controlled user study where both medical experts and non-medical participants were asked to carry-out informational searches in a task-based environment, we seek to understand how querying behaviour differs, both in the formulation of query strings, and in the use of advanced querying features. Our results suggest that preferences vary substantially between these groups of users, and that biomedical search systems need to offer a range of tools in order to effectively support both types of searchers.
Subjects Information Retrieval and Web Search
DOI - identifier 10.1145/2682862.2682871
Copyright notice © 2014 by the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
ISBN 9781450330008
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