Empirical studies of end-user information searching

  title={Empirical studies of end-user information searching},
  author={Alistair G. Sutcliffe and Mark Ennis and S. J. Watkinson},
An empirical investigation of information retrieval (IR) using the MEDLINE 1 database was carried out to study user behaviour, performance and to investigate the reasons for sub-optimal searches. The experimental subjects were drawn from two groups of final year medical students who differed in their knowledge of the search system, i.e. novice and expert users. The subjects carried out four search tasks and their recall and precision performance was recorded. Data was captured on the search… CONTINUE READING


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