Form and Function: The Impact of Query Term and Operator Usage on Web Search Results
JASFIST Volume 53, Number 2, ISSN 3318-3324
Describes a study of college students that investigated Web-based search engine queries and compared relevancy ratings with expert-formulated queries. Considers the number of subject terms used and the use of Boolean operators and discuses the need for designing search engine interfaces that provide greater support in term selection and operator usage. (Author/LRW)
Lucas, W. & Topi, H. (2002). Form and Function: The Impact of Query Term and Operator Usage on Web Search Results. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53(2), 95-108.