An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Technical Report Abstracts and Other Experimental Variables on the Behavior of Information Users
Final rept. Sep 1968-Sep 1970
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL DEPT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES
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The field study or natural experiment was conducted in three military laboratories to determine what relationship there is between the presence or absence of an abstract and the time required to make, and correctness of, the decision on how to dispose of a technical report or journal article which arrives at the desk of an individual scientist or engineer. It is concluded that the interrelation of a variety of variables must accounted for in greater detail before any strong statements concerning the effect of abstracts can be demonstrated. Whatever may be the function and effect of abstracts under laboratory conditions, in the normal, day-to-day field setting, the presence of an abstract does not appear to be a significant factor in the determination of what disposition to make of a document.
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