Designing Information Architecture for Search and Usability of Web Search

Bloug pointed to a lengthy tutorial on Search that you can sink your teeth into. Designing Information Architecture for Search is a tutorial given at ACM's SIGIR by Marti Hearst's of UC Berkeley. Covers search interfaces (Web search vs. site search, results presentation), methodology (IA and faceted metadata), and results of Usability studies on Search. Also of interest from this Berkeley site is Examining the Usability of Web Site Search (PDF), which presents preliminary results of Usability studies done at Berkeley which suggest that use of faceted metadata can be useful for the initial stages of highly constrained search and for intermediate stages of less constrained browsing tasks. Also finds that users state an interest in using different search interface types to support different search strategies.