HCI Browser: A tool for studying web search behavior



We introduce the HCI Browser, a Mozilla Firefox extension designed to support studies of Web search behaviors. The HCI Browser presents tasks to the user, collects browser event data as the user searches for information, records answers that are found, and administers pre- and post-task questionnaires. The HCI Browser is a configurable tool that researchers can use to conduct studies and gather data. It is especially well suited for “batch mode” laboratory studies in which multiple participants complete a study at the same time, but work independently. The HCI Browser is open-source software and is available for download at: http://ils.unc.edu/hcibrowser