Search Behavior in a Research-Oriented Digital Library

  • Malika Mahoui
  • Sally Jo Cunningham
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2163)


This paper presents a transaction log analysis of ResearchIndex, a digital library for computer science researchers. ResearchIndex is an important information resource for members of this target group, and the collection sees significant use worldwide. Queries from over six months of usage were analyzed, to determine patterns in query construction and search session behavior. Where appropriate, these results are compared to earlier studies of search behavior in two other computing digital libraries.


Digital Library Search Query Search Behavior Query Term User Session 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malika Mahoui
    • 1
  • Sally Jo Cunningham
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer SciencePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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