Search effort degrades search output but improves task outcome

@article{Vakkari2012SearchED,
  title={Search effort degrades search output but improves task outcome},
  author={Pertti Vakkari and Saila Huuskonen},
  journal={JASIST},
  year={2012},
  volume={63},
  pages={657-670}
}
We analyzed how effort in searching is associated with search output and task outcome. In a field study, we examined how students' search effort for an assigned learning task was associated with precision and relative recall, and how this was associated to the quality of learning outcome. The study subjects were 41 medical students writing essays for a class in medicine. Searching in Medline was part of their assignment. The data comprised students' search logs in Medline, their assessment of… CONTINUE READING

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