Study of strategies used in on‐line searching

Betty K. Oldroyd (European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency, Domeinweg, Noordwijk, The Netherlands)
Charles L Citroen (Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, The Hague, Netherlands. Now with TNO, PO Box 36, 2600AA, Delft, The Netherlands)

Online Review

ISSN: 0309-314X

Publication date: 1 April 1977


The paper reports a study of the behaviour of on‐line searchers in looking for the answers to set questions. The work was carried out with a view to learning more about the way actual searches are conducted, so that instructions to users can be given to optimize the generation of references. The study suggests that developments in user education would be made considerably easier by some rationalization among file producers and systems, especially in spelling, vocabulary, basic commands and indexing philosophy.


Oldroyd, B.K. and Citroen, C.L. (1977), "Study of strategies used in on‐line searching", Online Review, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 295-310.

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