Freshman and Sophomore Introduction to Manufacturing-related Engineering Handbooks Using Knovel DatabasesCriss Library Faculty Proceedings & Presentations
Document TypeConference Proceeding
AbstractGraduates’ abilities to find and apply relevant information from engineering handbooks and reference books to their engineering and technology problems can be considered foundational to their abilities to pursue lifelong-learning in their field. Searchable, electronic access to traditional engineering handbooks and reference books as provided by the database Knovel serves as a user-friendly platform to introduce students to both the breadth and depth of reference book information available. Engineering technology students in a freshman manufacturing processes course and a sophomore materials and metallurgy course were given a hands-on introduction to the Knovel database to promote an early familiarization to relevant engineering references. Activities introduced course-relevant handbooks and search techniques offered through the Knovel database. Time was provided to explore content on a selection of course-related topics. Student responses to a required post-activity essay and an end-of-semester revealed unexpected challenges in convincing early students of the usefulness of engineering handbook and reference data.
Citation InformationJulia L. Morse and Heidi Blackburn. "Freshman and Sophomore Introduction to Manufacturing-related Engineering Handbooks Using Knovel Databases" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/heidi_blackburn/18/