Web search selection criteria of foreign-language searchers

Victor K. Ondego, A. Komlódi

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Searchers today are often faced with searching in a language that is not their native language. Searching in a foreign language will necessarily differ from searching in a native language. In this paper we examine one step of the foreign-language searching process: selection decisions about web search results. We report the results of an analysis of participant statements about why a certain web result was selected by 15 Hungarian and 15 Chinese native language speakers who searched in English. Our results confirm selection criteria from the literature and identify new selection criteria that foreign-language searchers pay attention to when selecting search results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-514
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • foreign-language web search
  • information retrieval
  • information seeking
  • Relevance
  • web credibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences

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