Information Retrieval (IR) based on keyword on web has become very significant and XML has become the widely used format for sharing of information. The number of resources of information has increased significantly and retrieval of correct data according to user preference may not be achieved efficiently. In order to improve the search of XML documents according to the user requirement and preference the authors use personalized search based on user preference stored as an XML. The problem in personalized search is in identifying the correct preferences based on the search text. In this paper, they have done a survey of papers related to XML search and personalization.