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Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

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8 Integrating Navigation with Search

This chapter describes interfaces to support navigation (or browsing) as part of the search process. Chapter 3 discusses theoretical models of browsing versus search as information seeking strategies, as well as the notion of information scent and information architecture. As mentioned there, one way to distinguish searching versus browsing is to note that search queries tend to produce new, ad hoc collections of information that have not been gathered together before, whereas navigation/browsing refers to selecting links or categories that produce pre-defined groups of information items. Browsing activities can also include following a chain of links, switching from one view to another, in a sequence of scan ...

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