ERIC Number: ED027034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-30
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Results of an Experimental Program to Provide Low Cost Computer Searches of the NASA Information File to University Graduate Students in the Southeast. Final Report.
Smetana, Frederick O.; Phillips, Dennis M.
In an effort to increase dissemination of scientific and technological information, a program was undertaken whereby graduate students in science and engineering could request a computer-produced bibliography and/or abstracts of documents identified by the computer. The principal resource was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tape file which is the basis of "Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports" (STAR) and "International Aerospace Abstracts" (IAA). The search systems used are described, pricing considerations are discussed, and detailed statistics of the operational functions are presented. Results are given on a user survey, with 144 responses obtained from the 155 students for whom searchers were run. In general, the students appeared satisfied. As the primary objective of the Technology Utilization Program is the more rapid diffusion of new technology into commercial industry, it was considered unfortunate that fewer than 40% of the respondents indicated an interest in entering business and industry. It is suggested that some means be found to present significant data in simple terms to undergraduate students expecting to enter commerce, finance, and manufacturing in order to familiarize them with a source from which they may obtain such information in the future. (STAR/JB)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Bibliographies, Computers, Cost Effectiveness, Engineering, Graduate Students, Industry, Information Dissemination, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Research Reports, Scientific Personnel, Search Strategies, Technological Advancement, Use Studies
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (N68-29038, MF $0.65, HC $3.00).
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Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Science and Technology Research Center, Durham.