Re-finding Behaviour in Educational Search

Usta A., Altıngövde İ. S., Ozcan R., Ulusoy Ö.

23rd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), Oslo, Norway, 9 - 12 September 2019, vol.11799, pp.401-405 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 11799
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-30760-8_43
  • City: Oslo
  • Country: Norway
  • Page Numbers: pp.401-405
  • Keywords: Vertical search, Educational search, Query log analysis, Re-finding
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


One of the search tasks in Web search is repeat search behaviour to find out documents that users once visited, which is called re-finding. Although there have been several works in the context of general-purpose Web search addressing the latter phenomena, the problem is usually overlooked for vertical search engines. In this work, we report re-finding and newfinding behaviours of users in an educational search context and compare results with the findings in the literature for general-purpose web search. Our analysis shows that re-finding pattern of students differs from web search drastically as only 26% of all queries indicate re-finding behaviour compared to 40% in Web.