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 You are being invited to participate in a research study titled “Lifelong Learning for Engineers in Practice.” This study is being done by Mary DeJong and Wendy Holliday from Northern Arizona University.

The purpose of this research study is to investigate the information needs and practices of professional engineers. The researchers want to learn more about the information sources engineers use in their practice and which they find most valuable; how engineers locate information sources; and barriers to access to information.

If you agree to take part in this study, you will complete the following online survey/questionnaire. This survey/questionnaire will ask about your use of information in your work and it will take you approximately 5-8 minutes to complete.

You may not directly benefit from this research; however, we hope that your participation in the study might help librarians and engineering faculty better design instruction to prepare new engineers for effective information use in professional practice.

We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a breach of confidentiality is always possible. To the best of our ability your answers in this study will remain confidential. We will minimize any risks by not collecting any identifying information on the survey, including computer IP addresses.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. You are free to skip any question that you choose. If you choose not to participate it will not affect your relationship with Northern Arizona University or result in any other penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

If you have questions about this project or if you have a research-related problem, you may contact the researcher(s), Mary DeJong (, 928-523-1267) or Wendy Holliday (, 928-523-1581). If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research subject, you may contact Northern Arizona University IRB Office at or (928) 523-9551.