Patterns of interactions: user behaviour in response to search results

H Stelmaszewska, Ann Blandford
in Proceedings of the JCDL Workshop on Usability of Digital Libraries Usability of Digital Libraries 2002, Conference paper (text), London, UK


This paper presents patterns of users' interaction when working with digital libraries. It focuses on strategies developed and applied by users over time to achieve their goals. Results show that users choose different patterns of interaction depending on their evaluation of results, particularly in terms of the number of results returned from a search. This study gives indications about how the user interface could better support users in developing different search strategies.