, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 221–231 | Cite as

Retrieving information on the World Wide Web: effects of domain specific knowledge

  • Asako Miura
  • Nobuhiko Fujihara
  • Koji Yamashita
Original Article


In this study, we intend to examine information retrieval behaviors from a psychological point of view using a search engine on the World Wide Web (WWW). We investigated information retrieving behaviors in detail based on both the recorded data of retrievers’ web browsing actions and their thinking processes by the “think aloud” method. We focused on selected keywords for retrieving and compared them between retrievers who had enough knowledge about their task and those who did not. Our goal was to learn about the literacy needed for finding required information efficiently on the WWW.


Domain specific knowledge Information retrieval Search engine Think aloud 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asako Miura
    • 1
  • Nobuhiko Fujihara
    • 2
  • Koji Yamashita
    • 3
  1. 1.Kobe Gakuin UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.Naruto University of EducationTokushimaJapan
  3. 3.National Institute of Information and Communications TechnologyKyotoJapan

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