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Flaxbart, David – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2018
A citation analysis of chemistry PhD dissertations at the University of Texas at Austin yielded data on how often graduate students cite books in their bibliographies, and on the characteristics of the books cited, in terms of age and local ownership. The analysis examined samples of dissertations selected from five discrete years--1988, 2006,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Citation Analysis, Chemistry, Books
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Zhang, Yuening – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2017
Although scholarship has addressed issues around serving international students in U.S. and Canadian libraries, reports on how Chinese graduate students use information in Chinese universities, especially for a particular discipline, are rare. In this study, the author interviewed 15 graduate students and researchers in a top-ranked chemistry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Researchers, Chemistry
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Salisbury, Lutishoor; Speer, Julie – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2016
This paper highlights the findings of a survey completed by ACRL/STS [Association of College and Research Libraries/Science and Technology Section] members on scholarly communication issues. In particular it identifies the percentage of their daily activities that are spent in support of scholarly communication activities; extent of change of job…
Descriptors: Librarians, Outreach Programs, Surveys, Users (Information)
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Waters, Julie; Roach, Jennifer; Emde, Judith; McEathron, Scott; Russell, Keith – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
The availability of science and technology e-books through the University of Kansas Libraries is growing rapidly through approval plans, e-book packages, and electronic demand-driven acquisitions. Based on informal conversations with faculty, questions still lingered as to the acceptance of books in the electronic format by faculty and graduate…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Graduate Students, Comparative Analysis, Electronic Publishing
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Leatherman, Carrie C.; Eckel, Edward J. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Nearly every commercial database that covers natural sciences and engineering offers some type of current awareness (CA) service that provides regular updates to users on current literature in a selected field of interest. Current awareness services include e-mail alerts, tables of contents, and RSS feeds. This study was designed to find out what…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Researchers
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Brazzeal, Bradley – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2011
Wikipedia has been the subject of an increasing number of studies. Many of these have focused on the quality of Wikipedia articles and the use of Wikipedia by students. Little research has focused on the use of Wikipedia by scholars. This study helps to fill that gap by examining citations to Wikipedia in chemistry journals from three major…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Information Sources, Periodicals, Scholarship
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Fowler, Kristine K. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2011
This article reports research mathematicians' attitudes about and activity in specific scholarly communication areas, as captured in a 2010 survey of more than 600 randomly-selected mathematicians worldwide. Key findings include: (1) Most mathematicians have papers in the arXiv, but posting to their own web pages remains more common; (2) A third…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Higher Education, Mathematics
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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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Bennett, Denise Beaubien; Buhler, Amy G. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2010
In response to a hypothesis that researchers who no longer use print journals may miss out on the serendipitous benefits of "poor indexing" provided by print tables of contents, librarians at the University of Florida surveyed their engineering faculty to determine faculty use of tables of contents in either print or online format. Results…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Library Research, Library Materials, Library Services
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Leonard, Michelle F.; Haas, Stephanie C.; Kisling, Vernon N. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2010
As academic libraries are increasingly supported by a matrix of database functions, the use of data mining and visualization techniques offer significant potential for future collection development and service initiatives based on quantifiable data. While data collection techniques are still not standardized and results may be skewed because of…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Research Libraries, Bibliometrics, Data Analysis
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Lafferty, Meghan – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2009
This article examines what is desirable in online reference books in science and technology and outlines a framework for evaluating their interfaces. The framework considers factors unique to these subject areas like chemical structures and numerical data. Criteria in three categories, navigability, searchability, and results, were applied to five…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Reference Materials, Library Services, Reference Services
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Losoff, Barbara – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2009
The advent of large-scale digital repositories, along with the need for sharing useful data world-wide, demands change to the current information structure. The merging of digital scientific data with scholarly literature has the potential to fulfill the Semantic Web design principles. This paper will identify factors leading to integration of…
Descriptors: Librarians, Electronic Publishing, Databases, Semantics
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Nariani, Rajiv – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2009
York University, Toronto, Canada has been acquiring e-books from different publishers and content providers. At present our University subscribes to electronic content from NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, Oxford Scholarship Online, Oxford Reference Online, MyiLibrary, Safari, Springer, Oxford University Press, Knovel, Books24x7, Synthesis Engineering…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Research Libraries, Sciences
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Barsky, Eugene; Schattman, Lisa; Greenwood, Aleteia – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2009
Most academic libraries are seeking to provide electronic access to the very dynamic and changing field of technology related material. "Safari Tech Books Online" and "Books24x7" are the major e-book collections in this area. We compared the "Safari Tech Books Online" and "Books24x7" e-book packages as to…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Online Vendors, Electronic Libraries
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Nolan, Maureen; Tschirhart, Lori; Wright, Stephanie; Barrett, Laura; Parsons, Matthew; Whang, Linda – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2008
As more users access library services remotely, it has become increasingly important for librarians to reach out to their user communities and promote the value of libraries. Convincing the faculty and students in the sciences of the value of libraries and librarians can be a particularly "hard sell" as more and more of their primary…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Library Services, Librarians
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