Supporting browsing-specific information needs: Introducing the Citation-Sensitive In-Browser Summariser

Stephen Wan*, Cécile Paris, Robert Dale

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Practitioners and researchers need to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in their fields, but the continual growth in the amount of literature available makes this task increasingly difficult. In this article, we describe the Citation-Sensitive In-Browser Summariser (CSIBS), a new research tool to help manage the literature browsing task. The design of CSIBS was based on a user requirements analysis which identified the information needs that biomedical researchers commonly encounter when browsing through academic literature. CSIBS supports researchers in their browsing tasks by presenting both a generic and a tailored preview about a citation at the point at which they encounter it. This information is aimed at helping the reader determine whether or not to invest the time in exploring the cited article further, thus alleviating information overload. Feedback from biomedical researchers indicates that CSIBS facilitates this relevance judgement task, and that the interface and previews are informative and easy to use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-202
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Web Semantics
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


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