Technical Report No. 50
Rose I. Pfund, Dorothy l. Steller
PREFACE With the accelerating accumulation of scientific knowledge and engineering works, tremendous problems have arisen with the efficient storage and retrieval of information. Even in the individual basic laboratory sciences there is an ever-growing amount of duplication of efforts due to the relative difficulty of tracking down past research and to the attractions of work in the laboratory relative to search in the archives. In the applied natural sciences and engineering, the problems are much worse because the experimental field is likely to be contaminated by previous experiments and developments, often poorly documented, and the search for records is likely to be complicated by multiplicity of the scientific and professional disciplines involved. It seems obvious that increasing efforts must be put into the various forms of systematization of scientific and engineering records, including specialized bibliographies. The term specialized deserves some explanation, because a bibliography, to meet a specialized need, is likely to represent much more than a restricted selection from some more general bibliographic area. Its restrictions in some directions are likely to be more than compensated by its expansions and generalizations in others. Pertinent to the field of the water resources of the Hawaiian islands there have been several previous bibliographies, but they are mostly out of date, and there are great gaps among their coverages. The need for a comprehensive, up-to-date, annotated bibliography was recognized soon after the Water Resources Research Center began to function in 1965. Though essential, bibliographic work proved difficult to fund in comparison with new research, and the process of compiling this bibliography was hence a lengthy one.