Thursday, September 07, 2006

Measuring up - National report on Higher Education

The Knovel University Challenge Returns!

A new version of the Knovel University Challenge kicks off its fall season on Sept. 13th and will run through Nov. 13th. The University Challenge provides students the opportunity to master their research and analysis skills while competing for 15 prizes. This year’s winners will receive an iPod Shuffle, a 30G Apple Video iPod or a $500 Grand Prize. The University Challenge, now in its second season, is open to students of hard sciences, mathematics and technology-related courses of study at universities with access to Knovel Library or Knovel K-Essentials.

The University Challenge introduces young minds to next-generation research methods being used by many Fortune 1000 companies. The success of last spring's contest brought over 800 entries from 17 countries. The purpose is to inspire students to pursue careers in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics while offering a practical "real world" educational experience.

To participate in the fall Knovel University Challenge, go to starting Wednesday, Sept. 13th. In the meantime, visit that page and bookmark it so you're ready!

Regent's Library Initiative -- Knovel

Devereaux Library pleased to announce the first of the "Regents" databases. Many of you have inquired about the availability of Scitech eBooks. Knovel Corporation is one of the newest vendors offering access to nearly 700 engineering and scientific references, handbooks, standards, and databases. Knovel expands the traditional eBook paradigm by adding the ability to interactively manipulate and search for content across this entire collection. Using your browser (Internet Explorer recommended), the Knovel site is only a click away at We arranged to have our campus IPs authenticated so you will never be asked for a Login sequence to "open" a book. (Coming soon to the dorms as well)

Users can use keyword and/or data searches. The new chemical structure searching feature even allows users to even draw the chemical compound before searching. Knovel's core technology is unique in that it aggregates text together with databases in an indexing structure that allows an unlimited number of products to work together. Users have the flexibility of navigating through e-References page-by-page or to search across the site and manipulate interactive tables, graphs, equations, spreadsheets, and other structured information.Knovel aggregates content from over 30 highly regarded publishers and collects the content into 17 subject areas:
Adhesives, Coatings, Sealants & Inks
Aerospace & Radar Technology
Biochemistry, Biology & Biotechnology
Ceramics & Ceramic Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Construction Materials & Engineering
Electrical & Power Engineering
Environment & Environmental Engineering
Food Science
General Engineering References
Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
Metals & Metallurgy
Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Plastics & Rubbers
Safety, Health & Hygiene
Semiconductors & Electronics

Knovel’s “flagship” books are the Plastics Design Library Series, Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, ChemEssentials, Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry, and a host of titles in Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering featuring Mark’s Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers along with the ASME Boiler and Pressure vessel codes. Knovel’s toxicology offerings are quite comprehensive with 21 books. Popular books being the Dictionary of Substances and Their Effects, Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens, Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, and Patty's Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene. Knovel has recently partnered with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to make available the many important books in the Center for Chemical Process Safety Guidelines Series. Lastly, Knovel has many of the important DoD Military Handbooks, including a fully interactive version of MIL-HDBK-5H: Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures.From Knovel’s home page browse and/or search through all the Subject Areas and let me know what you think. Knovel is particularly responsive to adding content that we feel would be valuable to add to their site. Just email me your requests and I will forward them to the Knovel Editorial Advisory Board.

LEARNING TO USE KNOVEL R>For the most part, browsing and searching on Knovel is fairly straightforward and is not unlike using Google, particularly when doing keyword(s) searching. Interactive features often invoke Flash (or Java) application tools that enhance the searching experience that can provide for iterative what-if-scenarios. Knovel offers a variety of online manuals, user guides, feature demos, and on-demand tutorials. From the home page click on Help Center and/or Explore Knovel Features to get you started.Additionally Knovel conducts on-site Workshops and/or training over the Internet via WebEx, both events usually take an hour or less. I will organize such an event if there is enough interest, so please get back to me.Enjoy Knovel and happy searching.

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September 11, 2001 -- Never forget

Many books, government documents and other materials are available at the Devereaux Library

Many, many other materials can be located at September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001