ERIC Number: ED310781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Assisting Scientific and Technical Research Through Subject Oriented Bibliographies of NTIS Reports.
Schwarzwalder, Robert N., Jr.
A program combining cost-free searching of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) database and document delivery to faculty members was offered at the Kansas State University Libraries. NTIS report usage was monitored from May 1987, five months prior to the onset of the study, until May 1988, at which time the program was terminated. During the initial six months of the program, service was given only to the biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemistry, and geology departments. In the last two months, the program was broadened to include other departments. In all, 19 searches were performed for 16 different individuals. Despite a large variance, there was a significant increase in the usage of NTIS reports during the program compared with the previous five month period. In addition, a survey of participants revealed a preference for online searching to the use of printed indexes and a positive view of the value of NTIS literature. Seven references are listed. The appendix includes the questionnaire used to profile research areas of interest, an NTIS report request form, and the participant questionnaire and results. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Library.