Searching with Tags: Do Tags Help Users Find Things?

Kipp, Margaret E.I. and Campbell, D. Grant Searching with Tags: Do Tags Help Users Find Things? Knowledge Organization, 2010, vol. 37, n. 4. (In Press) [Journal article (Print/Paginated)]

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English abstract

This study examines the question of whether tags can be useful in the process of information retrieval. Participants searched a social bookmarking tool specialising in academic articles (CiteULike) and an online journal database (Pubmed). Participant actions were captured using screen capture software and they were asked to describe their search process. Users did 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 to locate useful search terms and of links to related articles supplied by the database.

Item type: Journal article (Print/Paginated)
Keywords: tagging, user study, information retrieval, citeulike, pubmed
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > ID. Knowledge representation.
Depositing user: Margaret E. I. Kipp
Date deposited: 05 Nov 2010
Last modified: 14 Dec 2012 22:32
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/15033

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