Information Seeking Behaviour of Science & Engineering, Students & Professionals

Brady, Matthew (2004). Information Seeking Behaviour of Science & Engineering, Students & Professionals Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Brady, Matthew
Thesis Title Information Seeking Behaviour of Science & Engineering, Students & Professionals
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor David Radcliffe
Total pages 87
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Engineers and scientists perform many of the same tasks in different ways (Anderson et al. 2001) and information is a vital component within the work of both. How and where engineering and science, students and professionals seek that information and furthermore use that information is the focus of this thesis. The research conducted to date in the area of information behaviour of scientists and engineers have examined either scientists (Majid et al. 2000) or engineers (Poltrok 2003) as individual groups or, as a whole (Ward 2001 & Anderson et al. 2001) therefore there is a need to examine the two groups separately in the same study.

Hertzum and Peuterson (2000) state that scientists use information to produce information and engineers use and transform information to produce a product and this influences their information seeking habits. Scientists rely on personal collections, physically accessible sources and informal communication while engineers predominantly rely on oral communication and the knowledge gained from co-workers, supervisors and personal networks (Anderson et al. 2001), a problem associated with this is that the departure of key staff members through resignation or retirement can leave a knowledge gap (Lintern et al. 2002).

A survey of 26 science and engineering, students and professionals from The University of Queensland and industry formed the basis of the study. Scientists surveyed were observed to be working in roles similar to those of professional engineers surveyed. The information seeking behaviours of the scientists surveyed resembled those expected from engineers.
Keyword Information seeking
Engineering students

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (non-RHD) - UQ staff and students only
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