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The myth of find

Loizides, Fernando and Buchanan, George R. 2008. The myth of find. Presented at: 8th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries 2008, Pittsburgh PA, USA, 16-20 June 2008. Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries. ACM, pp. 48-51. 10.1145/1378889.1378898

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The ubiquitous within-document text search feature (Ctrl-F) is considered by users to be a key advantage in electronic information seeking [1]. However what people say they do and what they actually do are not always consistent. It is necessary to understand, acknowledge and identify the cause of this inconsistency. We must identify the physical and cognitive factors to develop better methods and tools, assisting with the search process. This paper discusses the limitations and myths of Ctrl-f in information seeking. A prototype system for within-document search is introduced. Three user studies portray shared behaviour and attitudes, common between participants regarding within-document searching.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 978-1-59593-998-2
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 13:30

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