Browsing and searching e-encyclopaedias

Ruth Wilson, Julie Shortreed, Monica Landoni

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Educational websites and electronic encyclopaedias employ many of the same design elements, such as hyperlinks, frames and search mechanisms. This paper asks to what extent recommendations from the world of web design can be applied to e-encyclopaedias, through an evaluation of users' browsing and searching behaviour in the free, web-based versions of Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Concise Columbia Encyclopaedia and Microsoft's Encarta. It is discovered that e-encyclopaedias have a unique set of design requirements, as users' expectations are inherited from the worlds of both web and print.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2004
EventRecherche d'Information Assistee par Ordinateur 2004 - Avignon, France
Duration: 26 Apr 200428 Apr 2004


ConferenceRecherche d'Information Assistee par Ordinateur 2004
Abbreviated titleRIAO 2004
OtherAn Information Retrieval (IR) conference.


  • e-encyclopaedias
  • web design
  • hyperlinking
  • browsing
  • searching


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