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Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

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7 Supporting the Search Process

Chapter 3 discussed the various theories associated with the information seeking process, and the subsequent chapters described interfaces for supporting query specification, results presentation, and query reformulation–the standard stages of the search process. This chapter describes interface ideas for other aspects of the search process: search starting points, search history, and interfaces that support the process as a whole. The final section discusses attempts to integrate search into the sensemaking process.

7.1. Starting Points for Search

The first step in addressing an information need is deciding which tools to use and which collections to search over, a process which is sometimes referred to as source ...

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