- Hardcover: 404 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521113792
- ISBN-13: 978-0521113793
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Many people think designing a search user interface is as simple as copying what someone else does. There are a lot of complex issues below the surface and this is the first book to explain all of the research in a way that a practitioner like me can apply it. If you want to design innovative search user interfaces, you need this book close at hand at all times."
Keith Instone, Information Architecture Lead, IBM.com User Experience Design
"A comprehensive guide, not to how search works but how we humans work with search to satisfy our information needs. A must-read for anyone concerned with usability and creating the optimal user experience for searchers."
Chris Sherman, Executive Editor, Search Engine Land
"With a loud clear trumpet blast Marti Hearst announces a new scientific research domain, with emerging theories, a clear research agenda, and a compelling opportunity to influence vital technologies. Her book provides powerful insights for experts and is a vital guide for those coming into the field. It is difficult to convey my satisfaction and enthusiasm for Marti Hearst's remarkable analysis of the emerging scientific research domain of Search User Interfaces. Hearst's brilliant organization, lucid writing, and admirably comprehensive review (600+ references) are gifts to scholars, implementers, and students who want to contribute to the flourishing activity in user interfaces for information search and retrieval. Her devotion to evidence-based analysis from user and usage studies lays a compelling scientific foundation for future contributions."
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
"Professor Hearst has given us the definitive work on search user interfaces; grounded in the theory and practice of information retrieval and human-computer interaction and brimming with examples and clear explanations, this landmark book will serve the needs of students, practitioners, and scholars for years ahead."
Gary Marchionini, Boshamer Professor, University of North Carolina, School of Information and Library Science
"Marti Hearst has written an impressively comprehensive and authoritative account of search interfaces, bringing together the state of the art in search sites with the large and rapidly growing body of scientific research that explains what works and why. This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to get below the surface of search --- to analyze and create search interfaces and to understand the full range of issues, problems, and new potentials for design."
Terry Winograd, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
"Marti Hearst's Search User Interfaces benefits from the focus and coordination that comes more naturally in a single-authored book. [An] acknowledged expert in the field, Hearst brings a clear focus to an impressive range of topics."
Miles Efron, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
There are a wide range of interface ideas, but few make their way into major web search engines. This book summarizes the state of the art of search interface design, both in academic research and in commercial systems. Industry professionals designing search engine systems as well as graduate students and academic researchers will welcome this unique book.
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I was recently tasked to the Search Technology Group in the federal agency in which I work, and the one thing of which I was immediately aware was I knew practically nothing about library science or information retrieval. As is my nature, I set out to educate myself. I started with Google's GSA (Google Search Appliance) documentation (tedious at best), read Morville and Callender's "Search Patterns," (which I do not recommend for the intellectually challenged), and then found Hearst's "Search User Interfaces."
Hearst is a Berkeley scholar, and writes like one, which I found refreshing after reading the esoteric prose of "Search Patterns." Professor Hearst's opinions are anchored in cited scholarship and opened up a new world to me - a world in which I was living in parallel for 20 years without realizing it. She concisely and methodologically takes the reader from the origins of the science in the early 1930s to the great search paradigms of 2009 with great clarity and explicit examples. A simple glance at the TOC will evidence the breadth and scope of this treatise; it was a pleasure to read.
If I have one criticism of "Search User Interfaces," it is that her conclusions at 8.10 logically could have led into a chapter on the Semantic Web, a subject entirely ignored. This may be understood within the context of 2009, but not 2014. I look forward to a second edition.
In the meantime, an exhaustive web search has led me to believe this is the definitive work on the subject to date.
The writing in this book is extremely clear and direct: it's an ideal textbook for anyone interested in search engines in general as well as interface issues. I wish it had been around when I was first (painfully) learning many of these lessons. Highly recommended.
It is an excellent supplement to core search texts such as Introduction to Information Retrieval (Manning et al., 2008) which focus on the backend technology behind search. Search User Interfaces focuses more on the how we search, what we expect to see when we search, different interfaces that have been tried in the past, and which of those people found useful.
More specifically, the author starts by looking at why Google and other search engines have such a spartan design, explaining that searchers find it most helpful when distractions are minimized and it is quick and easy to iterate on searches. She goes on to lay a foundation by looking at the many models for how people search, including an exploration of the information foraging model where searchers partially satisfy some goals while rapidly developing new goals as they are exposed to new information. She offers hints on techniques that have worked well (e.g. immediately showing search results, keywords-in-context in the snippets, diversity of results on ambiguous queries, biasing results based on query term order and proximity, the importance of seemingly minor design tweaks, just to name a few). She dismisses more complicated interfaces such as boolean queries, thumbnails of result pages, clustering, pseudo-relevance feedback, explicit personalization, and visualizations of query refinements and search results, saying that they showed poor results in the past. She holds out hope for faceted search, universal search, and implicit personalization.
I enjoyed the way this book usefully points at techniques which have shown promise while dismissing others as consistently confusing to users. It is a guide to what works and what does not in search, warning of paths that likely lead into the weeds and pointing to better opportunities.
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other book cover the search engine technology, but this book focus on the search engine interface！