Preprint: Article: “How Users Search the Library From a Single Search Box”

Posted on January 10, 2012 by


Title: “How Users Search the Library From a Single Search Box”

Authors: Cory Lown, Tito Sierra, and Josh Boyer

Affiliation: North Carolina St. University (All Authors)

Source: College and Research Libraries

Abstract

Academic libraries are turning increasingly to unified search solutions to simplify search and discovery of library resources. Unfortunately, very little research has been published on library user search behavior in single search box environments. This study examines how users search a large public university library using a prominent, single search box on the library website. The article examines two semesters of real-world data, totaling nearly 1.4 million transactions. Findings include that unified library search is about more than the catalog and articles, though these predominate. Additionally, a small number of the most popular search queries accounts for a disproportionate amount of the overall queries. Also discussed are the merits of ongoing evaluation of library

Note: This article was accepted for publication during December, 2011. The anticipated publication date is March, 2013

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