This study was designed to examine various aspects of
information use a selected sample of Brazilian mechanical
engineers (BMEs) working in academic institutions in Brazil and
to relate these findings to the influence of their personal, work
and environmental factors.
A survey questionnaire was administered to groups of
mechanical engineers working in four academic institutions
(Federal and State) located in the central-south regions of
Brazil. Data were gathered on the following aspects of
information use: frequency of use of information sources and
channels; number of hours spent reading and communicating;
categories of locations consulted; categories of people consulted;
problems encountered in information use; attitudes taken by
engineers when information is needed but is not available;
types of information used and the engineers perception of the
availability and pertinence of various information services
offered by the engineer's information system. Hypotheses on
the interplay between information use and educational level,
productivity, reading language ability, seniority, interinstitutional
involvement, project type, accessibility of the
source; problems on information use and institutional
restrictions on the use of information were tested. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Brazil, Ministry of Education, Coordenação de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). University of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis, Brazil). British Council.