How does search behavior change as search becomes more difficult?

@article{Aula2010HowDS,
  title={How does search behavior change as search becomes more difficult?},
  author={Anne Aula and Rehan M. Khan and Zhiwei Guan},
  journal={Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
  year={2010}
}
  • A. Aula, Rehan M. Khan, Z. Guan
  • Published 10 April 2010
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Search engines make it easy to check facts online, but finding some specific kinds of information sometimes proves to be difficult. We studied the behavioral signals that suggest that a user is having trouble in a search task. First, we ran a lab study with 23 users to gain a preliminary understanding on how users' behavior changes when they struggle finding the information they're looking for. The observations were then tested with 179 participants who all completed an average of 22.3 tasks… 

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