Multitasking Web search on Alta Vista

Amanda Spink, Minsoo Park, Bernard J. Jansen, Jan Pedersen

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A user's single session with a Web search engine may consist of seeking information on single or multiple topics. Most Web search sessions consist of two queries of two words. We present findings from a study of two-query search sessions on the Alta Vista Web search engine to examine the degree of multitasking search by typical web searchers. A sample of two-query length search sessions were filtered from Alta Vista transaction logs from 2003. Findings include: (1) 81% of two-query sessions were multitasking searches, and (2) there are a broad variety of search topics in multitasking search sessions. The implications of our findings for Web design and further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conferen ON Information Technology
Subtitle of host publicationCoding Computing, ITCC 2004
EditorsP.K. Srimani, A. Abraham, M. Cannataro, J. Domingo-Ferrer, R. Hashemi
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2004
EventInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC 2004 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2004Apr 7 2004

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC


OtherInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • General Engineering


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