Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105909
Title:
The Role of Subjective Factors in the Information Search Process
Author:
Gwizdka, Jacek; Lopatovska, Irene
Citation:
The Role of Subjective Factors in the Information Search Process 2009, Journal of American Society for Information Science and Technology
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Journal of American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
2009
Description:
This is an early access article.
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105909
Submitted date:
2009-09-07
Abstract:
We investigated the role of subjective factors in the information search process. Forty eight participants each conducted six web searches in a controlled setting. We examined relationships between subjective factors (happiness levels, satisfaction with and confidence in the search results, feeling lost during search, familiarity with and interest in the search topic, estimation of task difficulty), and objective factors (search behavior, search outcomes and search task characteristics). Data analysis was conducted using a multivariate statistical test (Canonical Correlations Analysis). The findings confirmed existence of several relationships suggested by prior research, including relationships between objective search task difficulty and the perception of task difficulty; between subjective states and search behaviors and outcomes. One of the original findings suggests that higher happiness levels before the search and during the search correlate with better feelings after the search, but also correlates with worse search outcomes and lower satisfaction, suggesting that, perhaps, it pays off to feel some â painâ during the search in order to â gainâ quality outcomes.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Retrieval; Information Seeking Behaviors; Human Computer Interaction; Quantitative Research; Hypertext and Hypermedia; User Studies
Local subject classification:
Online searching; Psychological aspects; Cognitive perception; User satisfaction; Search behavior

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGwizdka, Jaceken_US
dc.contributor.authorLopatovska, Ireneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-09-07T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:36:32Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.submitted2009-09-07en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Role of Subjective Factors in the Information Search Process 2009, Journal of American Society for Information Science and Technologyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105909-
dc.descriptionThis is an early access article.en_US
dc.description.abstractWe investigated the role of subjective factors in the information search process. Forty eight participants each conducted six web searches in a controlled setting. We examined relationships between subjective factors (happiness levels, satisfaction with and confidence in the search results, feeling lost during search, familiarity with and interest in the search topic, estimation of task difficulty), and objective factors (search behavior, search outcomes and search task characteristics). Data analysis was conducted using a multivariate statistical test (Canonical Correlations Analysis). The findings confirmed existence of several relationships suggested by prior research, including relationships between objective search task difficulty and the perception of task difficulty; between subjective states and search behaviors and outcomes. One of the original findings suggests that higher happiness levels before the search and during the search correlate with better feelings after the search, but also correlates with worse search outcomes and lower satisfaction, suggesting that, perhaps, it pays off to feel some â painâ during the search in order to â gainâ quality outcomes.en_US
dc.format.mimetypedocen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Retrievalen_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subjectHuman Computer Interactionen_US
dc.subjectQuantitative Researchen_US
dc.subjectHypertext and Hypermediaen_US
dc.subjectUser Studiesen_US
dc.subject.otherOnline searchingen_US
dc.subject.otherPsychological aspectsen_US
dc.subject.otherCognitive perceptionen_US
dc.subject.otherUser satisfactionen_US
dc.subject.otherSearch behavioren_US
dc.titleThe Role of Subjective Factors in the Information Search Processen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of American Society for Information Science and Technologyen_US
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