ERIC Number: ED180478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Relationship between the Search Interview of the Intermediary Searcher and the Online System User, and the Assessment of Search Results as Judged by the User. Final Report.
Hitchingham, Eileen E.
Using data gathered from 54 evaluation forms and 18 recorded interviews, this study focused on in-person users of the MEDLINE system at three search sites to determine the relationship between presearch interviews and user assessments of precision and concern for recall in online searches, and to determine differences in assessment characteristics exhibited by student and faculty users of the system. Relationships were demonstrated between the value designation and the user's satisfaction with the proportion of relevant citations, the user's concern for recall, the relevance score, and the perception of the searcher in the interview. User information-giving during the interviews was related to relevance scores for the searches, and question-asking by the searcher was related to information-giving by the user. Faculty and student users showed no significant differences in their assessments of value, relevances, satisfaction with the proportion of relevant citations retrieved, and in their perceptions of the searcher in the interview. Appendices to the study include samples of the tools used and a bibliography. (FM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Office of Libraries and Learning Resources.
Authoring Institution: Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI. Kresge Library.