Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

Fall 10-12-2018

Abstract

In fall 2017, the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) Libraries joined with ten other university libraries to conduct an Ithaka S+R study investigating the research practices and needs of civil and environmental engineering faculty. Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit organization doing research and strategic guidance for colleges, universities, libraries, museums, scholarly societies and other institutions that support higher education. This study was part of their ongoing research support services program on how the practices of scholars vary by disciplines.

The report shares findings from exploratory semi-structured interviews with civil and environmental engineers from CU Boulder. Themes from the interviews include the diversity of the field, the data practices of scholars, the value of different kinds of sources, and how these scholars communicate their findings and conclusions. Finally, we provide recommendations for improving services and support for civil and environmental engineers.

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