AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 76. Astronomers and Their Tools
Poster, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[76.03] How do Astronomers Get Their Information?

P. B. Boyce (AAS and PBoyce Associates)

A sample of the AAS membership was surveyed in late 2001 as to their usage and opinions regarding the electronic information services available to the astronomical community.

The major conclusions are:

* Everyone knows about and uses the ADS service.

* 85 services, e.g. astro-ph.

* 75 service in the last year.

* only 55 the last two years.

* The journals are rated slightly more valuable than astro-ph for keeping abreast of new developments.

* The journals are overwhelmingly preferred to astro-ph for definitive information.

* Usage of the electronic services is nearly independent of the age of the user.

* The more productive astronomers are more likely to rate both the journals and astro-ph more highly.

Additional analysis and conclusions will be presented with the poster. Collaborators on this project are Carol Tenopir (Univ of Tennessee) and Don King (Univ of Pittsburgh). This work was supported in part by a grant from NASA to the AAS.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://www.aas.org/~pboyce/epubs/Seattle2003.html. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: pboyce@aas.org

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