Multimedia search capabilities of Chinese language search engines

Chang, Y. K., Morales-Arroyo, M. A., & Spink, Amanda H. (2010) Multimedia search capabilities of Chinese language search engines. Information Processing and Management, 46(3), pp. 308-319.

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This paper reports results from a study exploring the multimedia search functionality of Chinese language search engines. Web searching in Chinese (Mandarin) is a growing research area and a technical challenge for popular commercial Web search engines. Few studies have been conducted on Chinese language search engines. We investigate two research questions: which Chinese language search engines provide multimedia searching, and what multimedia search functionalities are available in Chinese language Web search engines. Specifically, we examine each Web search engine's (1) features permitting Chinese language multimedia searches, (2) extent of search personalization and user control of multimedia search variables, and (3) the relationships between Web search engines and their features in the Chinese context. Key findings show that Chinese language Web search engines offer limited multimedia search functionality, and general search engines provide a wider range of features than specialized multimedia search engines. Study results have implications for Chinese Web users, Website designers and Web search engine developers. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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ID Code: 47860
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Chinese language, MDS, Multimedia, Search engine
DOI: 10.1016/j.ipm.2009.07.003
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Elsevier
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2011 06:55
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:34

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