How K-12 Students Search For Learning? Analysis of an Educational Search Engine Log

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Usta A., ALTINGÖVDE İ. S., Vidinli I. B., Ozcan R., ULUSOY Ö.

37th Annual International ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, Gold-Coast, Australia, 6 - 11 July 2014, pp.1151-1154 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1145/2600428.2609532
  • City: Gold-Coast
  • Country: Australia
  • Page Numbers: pp.1151-1154
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, we analyze an educational search engine log for shedding light on K-12 students' search behavior in a learning environment. We specially focus on query, session, user and click characteristics and compare the trends to the findings in the literature for general web search engines. Our analysis helps understanding how students search with the purpose of learning in an educational vertical, and reveals new directions to improve the search performance in the education domain.