Think-Aloud Exploratory Search: Understanding Search Behaviors and Knowledge Flows

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Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


This paper describes an experiment that uses Concurrent Think-Aloud protocol (CTA) and person-to-person interviews to map searching behaviors and knowledge flows during search sessions. The findings are: (1) the most used searching strategy during exploratory searches was the “Metacognitive Domain”; and (2) online searching experts have a fair ability to deal with ideas prompted by browsing the search results. The main contributions of this research lie in the understanding of the process in which people find, access, decide what content is useful and apply online data to their different information needs.


Information searching behavior Data discovery Innovation from data Innovation as data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal University of the State of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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