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Dissertation Information for Thomas Pinelli

NAME:
- Thomas Pinelli
- (Alias) Thomas Edward Pinelli

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Indiana University (USA) (1990)

ADVISORS:
- Herbert S. White

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- George Whitbeck
- Clayton A. Shepherd
- John M. Kennedy

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: The relationship between the use of U.S. government technical reports by U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists and selected institutional and sociometric variables

Abstract: A study was undertaken that investigated the relationship between the use of U.S. government technical reports by U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists and selected institutional and sociometric variables. Two sets of variables were investigated. The first set, identified as institutional or structural variables, included the following six variables: level of education, academic preparation, years of professional aerospace work experience, type of organization, professional duty, and technical discipline. The second set, identified as sociometric or source selection variables, included the following seven variables: accessibility, ease of use, expense, familiarity or experience, technical quality or reliability, comprehensiveness, and relevance. The goal of the study was to determine which variables explain the use of U.S. government technical reports by U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists.

Survey research is the methodology used for the study. Data were collected by means of a self-administered mail questionnaire. The approximately 34,000 members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) served as the study population. The response rate for the survey was 70 percent.

Eight hypotheses were established for the study. A dependent relationship was found to exist between the use of U.S. government technical reports and three of the institutional variables (academic preparation, years of professional aerospace work experience, and technical discipline). The use of U.S. government technical reports was found to be independent of all of the sociometric variables. The institutional variables best explain the use of U.S. government technical reports by U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists.

MPACT Scores for Thomas Pinelli

A = 0
C = 1
A+C = 1
T = 0
G = 0
W = 0
TD = 0
TA = 0
calculated 2008-01-31 06:24:39

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ADVISEES:
- None

COMMITTEESHIPS:
- Yuko Sato - University of Pittsburgh (1998)