Title

Boolean Operators and the Naïve End-User: Moving to AND

Abstract

Discusses the confusion among end users in using Boolean operators when searching electronic resources. Highlights include search engines; site-specific search engines; the counterintuitive nature of Boolean logic; hidden defaults; the problem of conceptualization; reprogramming defaults; and a lack of user education.

Department(s)

Libraries

Document Type

Article

Keywords

computer use, online systems, search engines, search strategies, users (information)

Publication Date

1-1-2005

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