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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2016, Vol. 32 Issue (2): 1-8    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2016.02.01
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Mobile and Desktop Search Behaviors: A Comparative Study
Dan Wu(),Renmin Bi
School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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[Objective] This study investigated the advantages of desktop search for the purpose of improving mobile search services. [Methods] We analyzed the differences between mobile and desktop search behaviors through user search experiment. [Results] The mobile and desktop search behaviors are different in search platforms, types of searched information, search situation, search process, user experience, search result precision, and user satisfaction, etc. [Limitations] The types and number of experimental population are limited, thus, further studies are needed to generalize our findings to a larger population. [Conclusions] Both mobile search and desktop search have advantages and disadvantages. However, desktop search has more advantages over its mobile counterpart.

Key wordsMobile search      Desktop search      Search behavior     
Received: 13 August 2015      Published: 08 March 2016

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Dan Wu, Renmin Bi. Mobile and Desktop Search Behaviors: A Comparative Study. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2016, 32(2): 1-8.

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