The Role of Search Interface Features during Information Seeking

  • Abdigani Diriye
  • Ann Blandford
  • Anastasios Tombros
  • Pertti Vakkari
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8092)


In this paper, we examine the role search interface features play in information seeking across different categories and complexities of search tasks. We present a system called Search Buddy that provides features to enable exploration, filtering and browsing of information. Differing categories and complexities of search tasks were studied through qualitative and quantitative methods. We find specific user patterns in the frequency, points and context of search interface usage. This study highlight the potential value of contextualizing interface features to the type of task and stage of information seeking.


Search Task Search Feature Information Seek Interface Feature Search Interface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdigani Diriye
    • 1
  • Ann Blandford
    • 2
  • Anastasios Tombros
    • 3
  • Pertti Vakkari
    • 4
  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA
  2. 2.University College London Interaction Centre, University College LondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceQueen Mary University LondonUK
  4. 4.School of Information SciencesUniversity of TampereFinland

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