Bodyboarding on Alta Vista

1. Day, date, locationTuesday evening Nov. 4, 1997 at friend's house.
2. Mood/affective stateGetting a little tired because it's getting late.
3. Search engine, number of times used, whether like it or not, whyThe search engine used wasAlta Vista and this was the second time I have used this engine. I liked it, but not as much as Webcrawler.
4. Statement typed in, why chose those words, did it contain Boolean operators, why/why not, and was it a first search or respnse to anotherThe statement typed in was bodyboarding, no capitals. I chose this statement because I wanted to see some pages on this topic and read other people's experiences, since I am also a bodyboarder myself. I did not include any Boolean operators because I didn't feel it was necessary for this search, which was a first search.
5. Number of expected hitsLet's say about 1000.
6. Number of actual hitsWhat, only 628!
7. Reactions to #5 & #6I'm speechless. This time I thought my prediction would be under the actual. People just aren't putting up pages I guess.
8. Evaluation of the hits: what proportion were relevant and how found this outAll of them were relevant. All of the results I went through, by looking at the titles and summaries all had something to do about the topic. Again, as long as it contained a little information about it, I considered it relevant.
9. How felt about it, did mood influence how I searched, did topic influence search strategy, did make use of engine instructions or help documents, whyI felt good that my search came up with all relevant results. My mood kind of influenced me, because I was getting tired, I only looked at some of the results. I didn't use the engines help stuff because I didn't have any immediate problems with this search. Maybe next time.
10. Ratings Stressful-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Pleasant: Fun, but tired
Dissatisfied-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Satisfied: All relevant results
Wasted-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Valuable: Interesting stuff
Confusing-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Clarifying: Easily understood
Discouraging-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Hopeful: Did all right

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Bodyboarding on Webcrawler

1. Day, Date and LocationTuesday evening Nov. 4, 1997 at friend's house.
2. Mood or affective stateEven more tired now, barely staying awake, but must finish this part.
3. Name of search engine, number of times used it before, and whether like it or not and whyThe search engine used wasWebcrawler and this was the second time I have used this engine. I liked this engine because it was easy to use and is better than Alta Vista.
4. Search statement typed in, why chose those words, did it contain Boolean operators, why or why not, and was it a first search or respnse to another searchThe statement typed in was bodyboarding, no capitals. I chose this statement because I wanted to see some pages on this topic, read other people's experiences, and learn more about it, since I am a bodyboarder myself. I did not include any Boolean operators because I didn't include any on my other search (must use the same statement for both searches) and because I didn't need any.
5. Number of expected hitsBecause I didn't get too many in the other search, let's go with 500.
6. Number of actual hitsClose, but I still overshot the actual, which was only 162.
7. Reactions to #5 & #6I couldn't believe there were so little hits. It seems to me that this engine is smaller than the other engine because I keep getting less results with this engine. But at least the numbers are small so it's easier to see if they are relevant or not.
8. Evaluation of the hits: what proportion were relevant and how found this outAll of these were relevant, they all contained some information on bodyboarding. I found this out by looking at the titles and summaries, and I looked at all of them since there weren't very many in the first place.
9. How felt about it, did mood influence how I searched, did topic influence search strategy, did make use of engine instructions or help documents, whyI'm glad that they were all relevant, seems I must be doing something right. My being tired made me want to cut corners and go through the list fast. But because there were so little, I went through them all. I wouldn't have looked at all the results if there were plenty. And I didn't use any of the engines help stuff because I didn't need them, plus I'm so tired I don't even want to waste my time with more things to do.
10. Ratings Stressful-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Pleasant: Fun, but tired
Dissatisfied-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Satisfied: All relevant results
Wasted-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Valuable: Neat pictures
Confusing-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Clarifying: Easy
Discouraging-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Hopeful: Did good

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