ERIC Number: ED027911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
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Criteria for Selection of an Information Source.
Allen, Thomas J.; Gerstberger, Peter G.
The criteria employed by engineers in the selection of various technical information channels in problem-solving endeavors are investigated. The relationships of certain criteria identified in past research to such factors as frequency of channel utilization and the rate at which engineers accept or reject technical information received from specific channels are the focal points of the study. A direct relationship is found between perceived accessibility of information channels and several objective measures of utilization, whereas no definite support is found for the hypothesis that the channels perceived highest in technical quality are those used most frequently. On the other hand, perceived technical quality shows a direct relation to message acceptance ratio. (Author)
Descriptors: Criteria, Engineers, Information Seeking, Information Services, Information Sources, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Use Studies
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB 176 899,MF $0.65, HC $3.00).
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge. Alfred P. Sloan School of Management.