Form and function: The impact of query term and operator usage on Web search results

@article{Lucas2002FormAF,
  title={Form and function: The impact of query term and operator usage on Web search results},
  author={Wendy T. Lucas and Heikki Topi},
  journal={JASIST},
  year={2002},
  volume={53},
  pages={95-108}
}
Conventional wisdom holds that queries to information retrieval systems will yield more relevant results if they contain multiple topic-related terms and use Boolean and phrase operators to enhance interpretation. Although studies have shown that the users of Web-based search engines typically enter short, term-based queries and rarely use search operators, little information exists concerning the effects of term and operator usage on the relevancy of search results. In this study, search… CONTINUE READING

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