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Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer examines how electronic resources have affected the ways engineers and scientists seek, use, and communicate information vital to their research and development needs. Information specialists working in academic, corporate, government, and organization libraries discuss the changes in user behavior as academics in science and engineering fields rely more and more on the Internet and online journals. The book provides unique insight into the specific educational needs of college and university students as librarians and department faculty determine appropriate instruction for science and engineering classes.
Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer addresses the distinctions among various science and engineering fields, types of libraries, communities of users, and users within a field or discipline. Within these discussions, librarians also examine the differences between commercial and academic databases, and between personal or group subscriptions to database services, print, and online journals. The book also addresses Geographic Information Systems users through a study of the interconnection among disciplines associated with GIS.
Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer includes bibliographies that provide valuable information resources, reviews of pertinent web sites, tables, figures, and interviews while addressing:
Conversations with Chemists: Information-Seeking Behavior of Chemistry in the Electronic Age
Finding Physical Properties of Chemicals: A Practical Guide for Scientists, Engineers, and Librarians
Information-Seeking and Communication Behavior of Petroleum Geologists
Online Bibliographic Sources in Hydrology
The Latest and the Best: Information Needs of Pharmacists
The San Diego Zoo Library "Began with a Roar"
Botanical Information: Resources and User Needs
Distinguishing Engineers from Scientists—The Case for an Engineering Knowledge Community
Current Awareness Reports at Albany International Research Co.
Supporting the Information Needs of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Users in an Academic Library
Interdisciplinary Research: A Literature-Based Examination of Disciplinary Intersections Using a Common Tool, Geographic Information System (GIS)
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