Multitasking Web search on

Amanda Spink, Sherry Koshman, Minsoo Park, Chris Field, Bernard J. Jansen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

14 Scopus citations


A user's single session with a Web search engine may consist of seeking information on either single or multiple topics. Most Web search sessions consist of two queries of two words. We present findings from a study of sessions on the Vivisimo Web search engine to examine the degree of multitasking search by typical web searchers. Findings show that 11.1% of search sessions were multitasking searches, and there are a broad variety of search topics in multitasking search sessions. The paper proposes that on various levels, Web search can be conceptualized at different levels as a multitasking activity. The implications of our findings for Web design and further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings ITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology
Subtitle of host publicationCoding and Computing
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0769523153, 9780769523156
StatePublished - 2005
EventITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Apr 4 2005Apr 6 2005

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing, ITCC


OtherITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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