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Are web-based informational queries changing?
Abstract This brief communication describes the resThis brief communication describes the results of a questionnaire examining certain aspects of the Web-based information seeking practices of university students. The results are contrasted with past work showing that queries to Web search engines can be assigned to one of a series of categories: navigational, informational, and transactional. The survey results suggest that a large group of queries, which in the past would have been classified as informational, have become at least partially navigational. We contend that this change has occurred because of the rise of large Web sites holding particular types of information, such as Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database.Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments The questionnaire respondents’ stated thatThe questionnaire respondents’ stated that Wikipedia and IMDB were convenient and held a sufficient level of information to address their information need. Because of websites such of Wikipedia and IMDB, a large group of queries which earlier would have been classified as informational have become at least partially navigational.ve become at least partially navigational.
Conclusion The survey results suggest that a large grThe survey results suggest that a large group of queries, which in the past, would have been classified as informational have become at least partially navigational. We contend that this change has occurred because of the rise of large web sites holding particular types of information, such as Wikipedia and IMDB. The questionnaire respondents’ stated that Wikipedia and IMDB were convenient and held a sufficient level of information to address their information need. It would appear that to these users, the sites were expected to be accessible. Based on such definitions and the results from the survey of user intentions, one should consider if many of the informational queries submitted to search engines should be thought of as at least partially navigational, where searchers expect their need served by a specific large web site, which they know holds the type of information they seek. Although (Bharat & Henzinger, 1998) showed the importance of ensuring the results of informational searches were authoritative, they did not suggest that a limited number of web sites would become authoritative for broad classes of queries, which the results of the questionnaire seem to suggest. However, the survey only points to indications of this type of navigational information searching. Users were asked about their intentions when searching, their actual querying behavior was not observed. What we can conclude is that the results of this survey support the need for a follow up study to examine user searching in the identified domains. user searching in the identified domains.
Data source Survey responses  +
Doi 10.1002/asi.21053 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Are%2Bweb-based%2Binformational%2Bqueries%2Bchanging%3F%22  +
Has author Chadwyn Tann + , Mark Sanderson +
Has domain Computer science +
Has topic Cross-domain student readership +
Issue 6  +
Pages 1290-1293  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions Are Web Based Informational Queries Changing? This brief communication describes the results of a questionnaire examining certain aspects of the webbased information seeking practises of University students.
Revid 10,665  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Are web-based informational queries changing?
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21053  +
Volume 60  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:23:07  +
Categories Cross-domain student readership  + , Computer science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:20:43  +
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