Analysis of information seeking behaviors in index use, or opening Pandora's box

Corinne Jorgensen, Elizabeth D. Liddy

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2 Scopus citations


This paper will provide a brief overview of a research project which had two major goals: 1) to empirically investigate book-index usage behaviors and the extent to which specific print index features affect a user's search for information, and; 2) to examine these same features in an electronic environment. The goal of the research is to determine the optimum specifications for indexes in electronic texts by gathering evidence from a controlled user study. We present a subset of results from index use in both print and electronic formats. We suggest a preliminary model representing users' behaviors when using an index and suggest implications for system design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - National Online Meeting
PublisherPubl by Learned Information Ltd
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0938734849
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 15th National Online Meeting - New York, NY, USA
Duration: May 10 1994May 12 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings - National Online Meeting
ISSN (Print)0739-1471


OtherProceedings of the 15th National Online Meeting
CityNew York, NY, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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