ERIC Number: ED223985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Reader Preferences Concerning the Format of NASA Technical Reports.
Pinelli, Thomas E.; And Others
This report presents the results of internal and external surveys of engineers and scientists at Langley Research Center and in the academic and industrial communities concerning the format of technical reports of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). After stating the purpose of the study and defining the terms, the report examines the history and growth of technical report literature, the use and assessment of NASA technical reports, audience analysis as a function of report organization, and how the technical report is read. Research methodology and procedures discussed are related to the questionnaire design. The data are presented according to 12 survey topics: (1) order in which users read or review report components, (2) components reviewed or read to determine whether to read the full report, (3) report components which could be deleted, (4) desirability of a table of contents, (5) desirability of a summary in addition to an abstract, (6) location of the definition of symbols and glossary of terms, (7) when appendix material is read, (8) location and use of illustrative material, (9) format of reference citations, (10) specification of units for dimensional values, (11) column layout and right margin treatment, and (12) person and voice. Findings and conclusions are reported according to the 12 survey topics. Appendixes include the survey questionnaire, letters of request for participation, letters of appreciation and/or reminders, and the questionnaire with aggregate tallies for the internal and external survey. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.