ERIC Number: ED028952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
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Science Information Requirements of Scientists: Attitudes of Basic Researchers in Biology, Technical Report 4.
Judd, Catherine B.; And Others
Investigated were the attitudes of basic biological researchers toward information systems currently used, the usefulness of these services in meeting information needs, and the services expected from an advanced information system. A sample of 50 biological researchers from 14 academic institutions representing 19 areas of specialization was selected. Qualification for selection included current conduct or direction of basic biological research, recognition as a competent researcher by other scientists, and employment by a college or university on a full-time basis. Partially structured telephone interviews were used in collecting data. Results indicated that (1) biological scientists engaged in basic research consult periodicals containing abstracts, indexes, and reviews much more than they consult individuals, libraries, or services that search and retrieve information on the individual's request, (2) when biological scientists retrieve information themselves, they tend to use personal or organizational libraries, employing traditional manual methods, (3) most scientists with experience in the use of formal search and retrieval methods worked within a five-mile radius of the information system, and (4) scientists were not aware of the existence or functions of established information systems. (DS)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Silver Spring, MD.