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Communication Patterns of Engineers

Carol Tenopir, Donald W. King

ISBN: 978-0-471-48492-9 December 2003 Wiley-IEEE Press 280 Pages


Advance Praise for Communication Patterns of Engineers:

"Carol Tenopir and Donald King offer an astute presentation and analysis of what is known about production, transfer, and use of knowledge by engineers. Their book offers the most current thinking about the communication patterns of engineers. . . . It should broaden the view of students; serve as a valuable resource for scholars and researchers; and help practitioners shape policy, manage knowledge, and provide information services."
–Dr. Thomas E. Pinelli
NASA Langley Research Center

"This book presents, reviews, and analyzes data from research studies covering a broad array of relevant aspects of engineering communication, and creates a good picture of the complexities of ‘engineering’ as a field. Engineering educators and librarians will find useful direction and support in this book as they plan and collaborate on engineering education programs and library services for engineers. "
–Kate Thomes
Head of the Bevier Engineering Library, University of Pittsburgh

Communication Patterns of Engineers brings together, summarizes, and analyzes the research on how engineers communicate, presenting benchmark data and identifying gaps in the existing research. Written by two renowned experts in this area, the text:

  • Compares engineering communication patterns with those of science and medicine
  • Offers information on improving engineering communication skills, including the use of communication tools to address engineering departments’ concerns about the inadequacies of communication by engineers
  • Provides strong conclusions to address what lessons engineering educators, librarians, and communication professionals can learn from the research presented


Communication Models.

An Engineers' Communication Framework.

The Engineering Profession and Communication.

Information Seeking and Use.

Information Output by Engineers.

Engineering Education and Communication Skills.

The Engineering Scholarly Journal Channel.

Engineering Communication Patterns Compared with Science and Medicine.

The NASA/DOD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project.


"…this book is highly recommended for library and information science libraries and engineering special and academic libraries." (E-STREAMS, July 2004)

"…a mountain of research. Virtually every paragraph contains foods for thought. If you want a broad view of engineering communication…I highly recommend this book." (Computing, June 22, 2004) 

“...looks at all aspects of engineering communication, including how much time engineers spend reading for their jobs and the kind of information they produce as a result of their work.” (The Institute, January 7, 2004)