How We Are Searching Cultural Heritage? A Qualitative Analysis of Search Patterns and Success in The European Library

Vivien Petras, Juliane Stiller, Maria Gäde

Abstract


This paper describes a qualitative analysis of 509 search sessions in a digital library. Search patterns are identified and related to the success of search sessions in The European Library . We explore what can be interpreted from these behavior patterns about user information needs and which system design features (could) address them.

 

Keywords: Information seeking, digital library, log files, query logs

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