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Participants selected their own keywords for searches on both tools. The search topic was provided as a paragraph describing an information need. Participants were asked to select 5 articles from each tool that they felt met the information need. Screen capture software, a think aloud protocol and an exit interview were used to capture the impressions of the users when faced with traditional classification or user tags and their usefulness in the search process.
Preliminary results from the study show that users tended to prefer the search experience on the system used first, regardless of previous experience with either system. All users used multi word keywords initially, which is unsurprising as they are in training to be librarians. At the end of the search process, when users were asked to generate a new list of keywords they would now use for the search, a majority of the users separated their list of final keywords by tool. Users used between 3-5 keywords initially and suggested 4-5 keywords for CiteULike use and 1-4 for Pubmed. Users did use the tags to aid in the search process, selecting tags to see what articles would be returned.
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