Digital Reference Services for Engineers

Definition of an Engineer
Types of Information Sources
Accessibility / Ease of Use
Technical Quality
Stages of Information Seeking
The Reference Interview
Digital Reference
References (pdf)
Appendix (pdf)


Engineers work in a complex work environment and can be involved in a variety of different industries. They often prefer informal information sources, such as co-workers, to formal sources like journals and books. By understanding what influences an engineer’s information seeking practices librarians can more effectively conduct reference interviews and design specialized digital reference services to help engineers efficiently meet their information needs.