Graduates’ 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.
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