The effects on topic familiarity on online search behaviour and use of relevance criteria

L. Wen, I. Ruthven, P. Borlund, M. Lalmas (Editor)

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This paper presents an experimental study on the effect of topic familiarity on the assessment behaviour of online searchers. In particular we investigate the effect of topic familiarity on the resources and relevance criteria used by searchers. Our results indicate that searching on an unfamiliar topic leads to use of more generic and fewer specialised resources and that searchers employ different relevance criteria when searching on less familiar topics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval: Proceedings of the 28th European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR 2006)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783540333470
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • online searching
  • topic familiarity
  • searching
  • search algorithms
  • relevance ranking

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