Multitasking Web search on Alta Vista

Amanda Spink, Minsoo Park, Bernard Jansen, Jan Pedersen

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Abstract

A user's single session with a Web search engine may consist of seeking information on single or multiple topics. Most Web search sessions consist of two queries of two words. We present findings from a study of two-query search sessions on the Alta Vista Web search engine to examine the degree of multitasking search by typical web searchers. A sample of two-query length search sessions were filtered from Alta Vista transaction logs from 2003. Findings include: (1) 81% of two-query sessions were multitasking searches, and (2) there are a broad variety of search topics in multitasking search sessions. The implications of our findings for Web design and further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC
EditorsP.K. Srimani, A. Abraham, M. Cannataro, J. Domingo-Ferrer, R. Hashemi
Pages309-313
Number of pages5
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC 2004 - Las Vegas, NV
Duration: 5 Apr 20047 Apr 2004

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OtherInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC 2004
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period5/4/047/4/04

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Spink, A., Park, M., Jansen, B., & Pedersen, J. (2004). Multitasking Web search on Alta Vista. In P. K. Srimani, A. Abraham, M. Cannataro, J. Domingo-Ferrer, & R. Hashemi (Eds.), International Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC (Vol. 1, pp. 309-313) https://doi.org/10.1109/ITCC.2004.1286471