Use Patterns of Aerospace Engineering E-Reference Sources among the Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore: A Research Survey

Guruprasad, R and Marimuthu, P (2013) Use Patterns of Aerospace Engineering E-Reference Sources among the Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore: A Research Survey. International Journal of Engineering and Management Research, 3 (6). pp. 57-63. ISSN 2250-0758

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    Abstract

    In most of the engineering organizations and generally to the entire engineering process in particular, the process of identifying, locating, accessing, interpreting and evaluating relevant technical information are extremely crucial. In the light of this, Handbooks, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries constitute an integral part of an engineer’s library. Engineering dictionaries define words in the most appropriate context and detail for the engineer and also the student. On other hand, technical dictionaries are crucial for understanding engineering terms because general purpose dictionaries either fail to include many of the technical terms or end up in defining them in a rather general and in a relatively useless manner. The same holds good for the benefit of using engineering encyclopedias. Encyclopedias provide basic background information that is most useful in working in a new field. Engineering encyclopedias are generally very detailed and provide an admirable introduction of the topic. While coming to handbooks: they provide fast access to charts, tables, short descriptions, formulas etc. needed in one’s day to day tasks. Most engineers end up having a copy of handbooks that are most relevant to their work either on their desk or on their computer desktop. It is also seen that they hardly ever have access to the wide range of handbooks to support the inter-disciplinary nature of engineering. A large number of companies today have started packaging specialized handbooks and making them available in e-format. A research survey was undertaken to ascertain the ‘Use Patterns Encyclopedias, Handbooks and Dictionaries’ amongst the aerospace scientists and engineers of 16 aerospace organizations of Bangalore The major findings of this study are: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was applied for testing the significant difference among the 16 mean scores attained from the scientists and engineers of the aerospace organizations for ‘Frequency of Usage of Aerospace Engineering e-Reference Sources like Encyclopedias, Handbooks and Dictionaries’. It is observed that all the 16 aerospace organizations show a significant difference (P < 0.05) in their mean scores viz., ‘Aeronautical Engineer’s Data Book’, ‘Aerospace Facts and Figures’, ‘AIAA Aerospace Design Engineer’s Guide’, ‘The Complete Book of Space Flight’, ‘International Reference Guide to Space Launch Vehicles’, ‘Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft’, ‘Jane’s Space Directory’ and ‘The Standard Handbook for Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers’.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: First Indian Study on 'Use Patterns of Electronic Information Resources Among the Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore'
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Patterns of Use, Aerospace Scientists and Engineers, Aerospace Engineering e-Reference Sources: Engineering Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks, City of Bangalore.
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    SOCIAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES > Documentation and Information Science
    Division/Department: Knowledge & Technology Management Division, Other
    Depositing User: Dr Ramachandran Guruprasad
    Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2013 14:01
    Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 14:01
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/11865

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