Web Search: Public Searching of the Web

  • Amanda Spink
  • Bernhard J. Jansen
Part of the Information Science and Knowledge Management book series (ISKM, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Context of Web Search

  3. How People Search the Web

    1. Pages 55-76
    2. Pages 77-99
    3. Pages 101-124
  4. Subjects of Web Search

  5. Conclusion

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-199

About this book


This book brings together results from the Web search studies we conducted from 1997 through 2004. The aim of our studies has been twofold: to examine how the public at large searches the Web and to highlight trends in public Web searching. The eight-year period from 1997 to 2004 saw the beginnings and maturity of public Web searching. Commercial Web search engines have come and gone, or endured, through the fall of the dot.com companies. We saw the rise and, in some cases, the demise of several high profile, publicly available Web search engines. The study of the Web search is an exciting and important area of interdisciplinary research. Our book provides a valuable insight into the growth and development of human interaction with Web search engines. In this book, our focus is on the human aspect of the interaction between user and Web search engine. We do not investigate the Web search engines themselves or their constantly changing interfaces, algorithms and features. We focus on exploring the cognitive and user aspects of public Web searching in the aggregate. We use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods within the overall methodology known as transaction log analysis.


E-Commerce behavior computer human-computer interaction (HCI) interaction multimedia organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Spink
    • 1
  • Bernhard J. Jansen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-2269-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-2268-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2269-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1300