Designing the Structured Search Experience: Rethinking the Query-Builder Paradigm

Russell-Rose, Tony and Shokraneh, Farhad. 2020. Designing the Structured Search Experience: Rethinking the Query-Builder Paradigm. Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, 3(1), ISSN 2333-3316 [Article]

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Knowledge workers such as healthcare information professionals, legal researchers, and librarians need to create and execute search strategies that are comprehensive, transparent, and reproducible. The traditional solution is to use command-line query builders offered by proprietary database vendors. However, these are based on a paradigm that dates from the days when users could access databases only via text-based terminals and command-line syntax. In this paper, we present a new approach in which users express concepts as objects on a visual canvas and manipulate them to articulate relationships. This offers a more intuitive user experience (UX) that eliminates many sources of error, makes the query semantics more transparent, and offers new ways to collaborate, share, and optimize search strategies and best practices

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14 April 2020Published
14 January 2020Accepted

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29 Apr 2020 09:08

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