Clarifying search: A user-interface framework for text searches

TitleClarifying search: A user-interface framework for text searches
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsShneiderman B, Byrd D, Croft WB
JournalD-lib magazine
Pagination18 - 20
Date Published1997///

Current user interfaces for textual database searching leave much to be desired: individually, they are often confusing, and as a group, they are seriously inconsistent. We propose a four- phase framework for user-interface design: the framework provides common structure and terminology for searching while preserving the distinct features of individual collections and search mechanisms. Users will benefit from faster learning, increased comprehension, and better control, leading to more effective searches and higher satisfaction.