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Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

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5 Presentation of Search Results

This chapter describes interfaces for the search results presentation portion of the information seeking process, focusing for the most part on ideas that are currently in use.

5.1. Document Surrogates

The most common way that search results are displayed is as a vertical list of information summarizing the retrieved documents. (These search results listings are often known as “search engine results pages,” or SERPs, in industry.) Typically, an item in the results list consists of the document’s title and a set of important metadata, such as date, author, source (URL), and length of the article, along with a brief summary of a relevant portion of the document (see Figure 5.1). The representation for a document ...

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