ERIC Number: ED071699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
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Information Retrieval from the Engineering Literature. Second Edition, Revised.
Knell, K. A.
The technique which can be applied to extract information from the literature, that is from all published sources, seems to be a subject which attracts little attention. This is surprising considering that "information" is now widely appreciated as a valuable commodity - to be developed and exploited like natural resources. Indeed today research scientists, engineering designed R and D managers, etc. all spend a great deal of their time searching for and communicating information. This document is an introduction to the art of gleaning information from what is called "the literature". To succeed, an engineer must not only be fed with new information on his own specialized subject (which he can do by visiting his library regularly and keeping tabs on the literature) but he must be able to carry out investigations into fields in which he may have no background knowledge, or previous experience. Therefore, this article is geared mainly to guide investigators when they are using "the literature" and searching for published material in a field which is completely new to them. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Engineers, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Sources, Periodicals, Search Strategies
Engineering Dept., Cambridge University, Trumpington St., Cambridge, England
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Authoring Institution: Cambridge Univ. (England). Engineering Dept.