Underwater Photography and Hawaii on Alta Vista

1. Day, date, locationWednesday evening Nov. 5, 1997 at friend's house.
2. Mood/affective stateVery tired, worked hard all day. Also a little irritated because of some people I had to deal with at work.
3. Search engine, number of times used, whether like it or not, whyThe search engine used wasAlta Vista and this was the third time I have used this engine. I liked this engine because it's easy to use and because of all the things I can click on to make my search easier.
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 I typed in was underwater photography and Hawaii, with only the h in Hawaii capitalized. I chose these words because I am interested in taking up underwater photograpy. I added in Hawaii because I wanted to only look at this topic with regards to participating in it in Hawaii's waters. This statement did contain a boolean operator, "and", because it made my search a little more specific. When I tried just searching underwater photogrphy, I came up with over a million hits, which is way too many, so I decided to add an operator to make the search more specific and minimize the amount of responses.
5. Number of expected hitsBecause I received over a million on my first search, I think I'll get around 300,000 hits.
6. Number of actual hitsWay off, only 69,853 hits.
7. Reactions to #5 & #6Kind of amazed that there were relatively little results for this topic, I thought there would be way more. But I'm glad because it's a little easier for me to look at them. When I got over a million on my first search, I wanted to quit, but with this number of hits, I don't feel too overwhelmed.
8. Evaluation of the hits: what proportion were relevant and how found this outI'd say about one third of them were relevant. Since there were so many, I simply looked at only the titles and summaries of about 60 of them. Many of the results were about underwater photography, but not about Hawaii. Also included in the results were many things I wasn't looking for.
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 wasn't too happy with this search. There weren't very many results that were appropriate for what I was looking for. Being tired and irritated made the search more difficult. It made me have less patience and more unwilling to do a thorough investigation. I only looked at a few results and went through them kind of fast. The topic didn't influence my search strategy in any way and I didn't use any of the help stuff because I was too irritated and tired to even try.
10. Ratings Stressful-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Pleasant: TIRED
Dissatisfied-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Satisfied: Not many relevant
Wasted-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Valuable: Little results
Confusing-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Clarifying: What did wrong
Discouraging-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Hopeful: Can't find good hits

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Underwater Photography and Hawaii on Webcrawler

1. Day, date, locationWednesday evening Nov. 5, 1997 at friend's house.
2. Mood/affective stateVery tired, worked hard all day. Also a little irritated because of some people I had to deal with at work.
3. Search engine, number of times used, whether like it or not, whyThe search engine used wasWebcrawler and this was the third time I have used this engine. I liked this engine because it was easy to use, has plenty of stuff to help customize your search, and it's better than Alta Vista.
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 I typed in was underwater photography and Hawaii, with only the h in Hawaii capitalized. I chose these words because I am interested in taking up underwater photograpy. I added in Hawaii because I wanted to only look at this topic with regards to participating in it in Hawaii's waters. This statement did contain a boolean operator, "and", because it made my search a little more specific. When I tried just searching underwater photogrphy, I came up with over a million hits, which is way too many, so I decided to add an operator to make the search more specific and minimize the amount of responses. Plus, it had to be the same as my first search on Alta Vista.
5. Number of expected hitsBecause Alta Vista got around 69,000 and Webcrawler seems to always get less, about 50,000.
6. Number of actual hitsToo much again, only 31,166 hits.
7. Reactions to #5 & #6I wasn't surprised that the number of hits decreased in this search, it's what I expected. Yet I expected there to be more results than this. Seems too little for a sport that is quite popular.
8. Evaluation of the hits: what proportion were relevant and how found this outNot many of the results were relevant. I found this out by looking at the titles and summaries of around 100 results, just skipping around and looking at them in no particular order. I also went to some pages to look at.
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, whyKind of upset that there were so little relevant results. Being a little tired and irritated made me more upset when I didn't find what I was looking for.It also made me look through the titles not very effectively, just jumping all over the place. It made me sloppy. Again the topic didn't influence my search strategy and didn't use the help items because I was too tired and frustrated already.
10. Ratings Stressful-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Pleasant: TIRED
Dissatisfied-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Satisfied: Bad results
Wasted-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Valuable: Gained nothing
Confusing-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Clarifying: Nothing gained
Discouraging-3/-2/-1/0/+1/+2/+3Hopeful: 2 bad searches

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