Abbreviations, Full Spellings, and Searchers’ Preferences

Beall, Jeffrey Abbreviations, Full Spellings, and Searchers’ Preferences. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 2011, vol. 49, n. 6, pp. 443-456. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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This study examined ten, selected word pairs, each containing a word's full spelling and its abbreviation, to determine which form search engine users preferred in searching. Using seven search logs gathered from several internet search engines with approximately 608 MB of data, the study measured the occurrences of the twenty terms. The selected words are important in library cataloging, for some are prescribed abbreviations in metadata content standards. The study found that in eight of the ten word pairs users preferred to search words' full spellings over the abbreviations, often by a high margin.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: abbreviations, cataloging, content standards, online searching
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IA. Cataloging, bibliographic control.
I. Information treatment for information services > IE. Data and metadata structures.
Depositing user: Jeffrey Beall
Date deposited: 03 Jan 2012
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:20


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