PLoS ONE Article on Evaluation of a Literature Search Engine for the Biosciences

15 Apr

A paper describing the evaluation of BioText, a search engine for Open Access Journals that displays figures from the papers directly in the search results, has been published in PLoS ONE yesterday:

Divoli A, Wooldridge MA, Hearst MA (2010) Full Text and Figure Display Improves Bioscience Literature Search. PLoS ONE 5(4):e9619.

The paper is an great example of how a (search) website for bioscience research can be evaluated. It describes a user study with 20 participants and concludes that bioscience literature search engines should provide figures from articles in the search results and that not only abstract, title and meta data should be search but also figure captions and the full text of the articles.

BioText is the work of Marti Hearst’s group at UC Berkeley, who recently published a book called “Search User Interfaces“. Francis wrote a mini review of the book earlier this year.

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One Response to “PLoS ONE Article on Evaluation of a Literature Search Engine for the Biosciences”

  1. Francis Rowland April 15, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Good one, and very topical!

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