Literature of science and technology
Bonn, George S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.
Smith, Linda C. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.
Last reviewed:June 2019
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- Primary sources
- Conference papers
- Research monographs
- Research reports
- Manufacturers' literature
- Secondary sources
- Technical translations
- Index types
- Survey types
- Reference tools
- Tertiary sources
- Literature guides
- Information science
- Role of libraries
- Role of information technology
- Documenting progress
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The accumulated body of scientific and technical writing published to serve the informational needs of, primarily, scientists, engineers, and research workers, and, to the extent that it can be understood, the general public. This vast literature is worldwide in origin, international in language, diverse in subject content, varied in form, uneven in quality, and expensive (Fig. 1). An ever-increasing portion of it is being produced, stored, and retrieved or published electronically, and is being made available through the Web as well as in print-on-paper format.
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