Effects of different data base formats on information retrieval.

  title={Effects of different data base formats on information retrieval.},
  author={Deborah A. Boehm-Davis and Richard W. P. Holt and M Koll and G Yastrop and Ronnie Peters},
  journal={Human factors},
  volume={31 5},
This research examined the effects of three different data base formats on the information retrieval performance of users. Spatial, tabular, and verbal forms of two data base domains (airline and thesaurus) were constructed, along with questions that required users to search through the data base to determine the correct response. Three types of questions, compatible with the forms of the data bases, were designed--spatial, tabular, and verbal. The data indicate that users' responses to the… CONTINUE READING