Designing a citation-sensitive research tool: an initial study of browsing-specific information needs

Stephen Wan, Cécile Paris, Michael Muthukrishna, Robert Dale

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Practitioners and researchers need to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in their fields, but the constant growth in the amount of literature available makes this task increasingly difficult. We investigated the literature browsing task via a user requirements analysis, and identified the information needs that biomedical researchers commonly encounter in this application scenario. Our analysis reveals that a number of literature-based research tasks are preformed which can be served by both generic and contextually tailored preview summaries. Based on this study, we describe the design of an implemented literature browsing support tool which helps readers of scientific literature decide whether or not to pursue and read a cited document. We present findings from a preliminary user evaluation, suggesting that our prototype helps users make relevance judgements about cited documents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNLPIR4DL '09
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 Workshop on Text and Citation Analysis for Scholarly Digital Libraries
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781932432589
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventWorkshop on Text and Citation Analysis for Scholarly Digital Libraries - Singapore
Duration: 7 Aug 20097 Aug 2009


WorkshopWorkshop on Text and Citation Analysis for Scholarly Digital Libraries

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