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Phillips, Margaret; Zwicky, Dave – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2017
How might engineering technology students make use of patent information in the engineering design process? Librarians analyzed team project reports and personal reflections created by students in an undergraduate mechanical engineering technology design course, revealing that the students used patents to consider the patentability of their ideas,…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Design
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Pouchard, Line; Bracke, Marianne Stowell – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2016
This paper describes a survey of data practices given to the Purdue College of Agriculture. Data practices are a concern for many researchers with new governmental funding mandates that require data management plans, and for the institution providing resources to comply with these mandates. The survey attempted to answer these questions: What are…
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Case Studies, Data Processing, Data
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Shannon, Sarah; Winterman, Brian – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Primary literature is our main mode of communication in the sciences. As such, it is important for our undergraduates in the discipline to learn how to read primary literature. Incorporating primary literature into undergraduate science courses is often difficult because students are unprepared to comprehend primary articles. Learning to read and…
Descriptors: Expertise, Assignments, Scientific Methodology, Pattern Recognition
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Zhang, Yuening; Beckman, Roger – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2011
An e-book usage survey was sent through departmental mailing lists to the graduate students, scientists and faculty members of the Chemistry Department and Biology Department of Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB). Several faculty members, scientists and graduates students from the Chemistry Department and Biology Department were also contacted…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Use Studies, Surveys
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Kolah, Debra; Fosmire, Michael – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2010
Librarians at Rice and Purdue Universities created novel assignments to teach students important information literacy skills. The assignments required the students to use a third-party web site, PageFlakes and NetVibes, respectively, to create a dynamically updated portal to information they needed for their research and class projects. The use of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Assignments, Graduate Students, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Winterman, Brian – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2009
Biology undergraduates at Indiana University have often been expected to find information for course exercises or written reports, but the skills necessary to do so are not taught consistently in the curriculum. Other efforts described in the literature have been successful in teaching information literacy skills, but not always in a way that is…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Literacy, Information Skills, Undergraduate Students