world in my handsSearching for content within a well-organized site can be a breeze. However, the process of indexing information for retrieval is not so breezy. A big thrust for information architects is resolving the difficulties in locating specific content objects within a site.

Information architects integrate a database of a site’s content with a search method in the site. The architect must know in advance what types of items users will be searching for. Given this knowledge, the architect can develop attributes (tags, meta-tags) to classify the content of specific content objects.

Through the site’s search bar, users can query the database with their criteria. If the architect has tagged and indexed the content well, the user should have no problem finding what they seek. However, if repeated searches return results the user deems confusing or unrelated, they probably won’t spend too much time refining their query.