Searching with Tags: Do Tags Help Users Find Things?

Kipp, Margaret E.I. Searching with Tags: Do Tags Help Users Find Things?, 2008 . In 10th International Conference of the International Society for Knowledge Organization, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 5-8 August 2008. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


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This study examines the question of whether tags can be useful in the process of information retrieval. Participants were asked to search a social bookmarking tool specialising in academic articles (CiteULike) and an online journal database (Pubmed) in order to determine if users found tags were useful in their search process. The actions of each participants were captured using screen capture software and they were asked to describe their search process. The preliminary study showed that users did indeed make use of tags in their search process, as a guide to searching and as hyperlinks to potentially useful articles. However, users also made use of controlled vocabularies in the journal database.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: tagging, folksonomies, search, information retrieval, citeulike, pubmed
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > ID. Knowledge representation.
Depositing user: Margaret E. I. Kipp
Date deposited: 01 Nov 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:12


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