Chemical Literature, Volume 10, Number 2 (Sect. I), Summer 1958 Page: 4
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4 Summer 1958
Information Resources: A Challenge to Arnerican Science
and Industrrv. Jesse H. Shera, Allen Vent, and James
W. Perry, Interscience Publishers, Inc. (New York),
1958. xii + 214 pages. $5.00.
This is the proceedings of the Special Meeting of
the Council on Documentation Research, held at Western
Reserve University, February 3-4, to discuss the
establishment of a national center of technical information.
There are ten papers on the present status-of information
services and projected needs covering the
fields of Engineering, Frank T. Sisco, Director,
Engineering Foundation; Biolo, G. G. Miles Conrad,
Editor, Biological Abstracts; University Libraries,
Ja'nes D. IWack, Librarian, Lehigh University; Physics,
E. E. Hutchisson, Director, American Institute of
Physics; Metallurgy, Marjorie R. Hlyslop, Editor,
American Society for Metals; Industrial Research,
D. C. Hilty, Union Carbide Corporation; Chemistry,
E. J. Crane, Director, Chemical Abstracts Service;
Chemical Research, L. H. Flett, President, American
Section, Societe de chimie Industrielle; Patents,
D. D. Andrews, Chief, Researchl and Development, U.S.
Patent Office; and Abstracting and Indexing Federation,
Burton Adkinson, Chief, Office of Scientific Information,
National Science Foundation. A Proposed Program
for National Control of Scientific and Technical
Information was presented by J. W. Perry, Director,
Allen Kent, Associate Director, Center for Documentation
and Communication Research, Western Reserve
As was to be expected, most of the discussion
centered about machine searching, and there was considerable
variance in cost estimates with Western
Reserve' s estimate of five million dollars per year
being the lowest.
The discussions of the papers and at special evening
meetings are included in the proceedings. The final
decision was that the only recommendation-the Conference
could make was that the problem should be
investigated further and that a committee should be
appointed to study the needs and present facilities
of various scientific and technical societies and
information using groups. Ethaline Cortelvou.
Interim Glossary of Aero-Space Terms has been issued
by the Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama,
"to give guidance in a specialized vocabulary
that deals with space missiles, space vehicles, and
tie physical laws that govern them.... The glossary
is to be regarded asan interim affair, brought out
because of the high degree of current interest in the
subject of space relations."
A Guide to Effective Report Writing. Industrial Relations
Newsletters, Inc. (Nxew York), 1958. 30 + 2 pages.
This booklet does achieve its purpose "to outline in
brief the basic principles of report writing." It is
a booklet of generalities on reports in general, some
of which are applicable to technical reports in particular.
The actual word count of this booklet is
rather low because most of it is laid out either as
double-spaced typed text or as greatly indented outlined
material. This outline form and the use of many
underlined subheadings should make the book useful
for quick reference.
Unfortunately, the book itself cannot be recommended
as a model because it violates so many of its own recommendations.
It lacks uniformity in even such purely
mechanical details as indentations of similar material
on facing pages. It contains many inconsistencies or
nonparallel treatments in lists, comparisons, analogous
subsections, use of outlining or text in related
subsections, and titles of similar ranking material.
Despite its low word count, some generalities are repeated
in so many slightly differing words that they
might be considered banalities. It even sins with respect
to misplaced modifiers, dangling participles, and
The punctuation guide is set up in a particularly
convenient form for quick reference.
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to order from all of the Teutonic, Romance and
Slavic languages and Japanese.
Regularly serving majority of America's leading
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1936. Present output 20,000,000 words a year.
Carl Demrick is only technical translator listed
in Who Knows - and What, thereby recognizing
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