Information Needs, Searching, and Presentation: Fall 2011


William Jones


University of Washington


Fall 2011


We already all know something about Search. After the course, you should know more. Specifically you should know more about:

  • Search in all its many variations – in and outside the search “box”.
  • The different search strategies and techniques.
  • Choosing the right sources to search.
  • Perspectives on search including those of the end user, search service providers, content providers and IT implementers of search.
  • How search works. How is an index built? How are queries processed?
  • Needs assessment and search evaluation.

Required Textbook:

Morville, P., Callender, J., St. Laurent, S. 2010. Search Patterns.

Link to Syllabus:


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