I've been asked to research the redevelopment of a university search engine. The existing search engine looks for students and how much funding they have through by way of a grant.

The existing search engine is an expert system that has about 40 fields. Users typically only need 4 or 5 fields but these can vary depending on the task.

I'm approaching this by building a basic prototype which I'll use to drive out deeper needs from users.

But my question is this: is there any specific guidelines or evidence that would help me build a good search engine? What things should I be looking to build? What features?

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I would suggest reading the following papers:

Where is that button again?! –Towards a universal GUI Search Engine


User Interface Design for Searching

Hope this helps.

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    both links are same
    – colmcq
    Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 15:20
  • ^^updated the link Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 15:42

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