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Knovel University Challenge 2013

Knovel Challenge





NOTE:  The UVa Library has a subscription to many of Knovel’s resources.  See

Are you smarter than an engineering professor?

The Questions – Test your engineering know-how. This year, Knovel asked engineering professors to help us develop questions that would test students’ knowledge while providing real-life examples of problems sets assigned to STEM students.

The Prizes – You could win Roku 3 Media Players, Pebble Smartwatches, Samsung Chromebooks and a $500 Pizza Party for the entire school!

What is it: Every year, the Knovel University Challenge allows students to compete for prizes while learning how to use the research tools they’ll need to complete assignments and ultimately succeed in the workplace. Student answer a series of questions on STEM-related topics like finding “the density of ASTM grade 12 titanium alloy”. This year the Challenge will begin on September 9, 2013 and end on December 1, 2013.

Go here to start playing:

The Knovel University Challenge

The Knovel University Challenge Starts 9/10/2012!

What to expect:
More questions, more prizes, and many more opportunities for engineering and science students to hone critical information gathering and analytical skills. Each week, we’ll highlight a specific function in Knovel that engineers in the workplace say helps them get the job done!

What’s new this year?
We’re introducing new questions every week, so there are even more opportunities for students to play and win great prizes like the new Apple iPad, Beats Audio earphones (valued at $150 each) and more! We’ll also randomly select a grand prize winner and the contest-within-the-contest prize goes to the schools with the highest number of participating students.

How to Play:
Students can simply visit our webpage: and use the search box to search Knovel for the answers.

We had a great 2011 season and look forward to your help making this an even bigger Back-to- School event.

Knovel for Students Webinar

From Principles to Application, Knovel Has the Answers Students Need

Knovel provides answers for students across all disciplines and is used to find technical information, solve design problems, improve processes, validate assumptions and much more.

You are invited to this free training session.  You’ll learn:

  • Learn to browse and search 28 subject areas
  • Familiarize yourself with Knovel’s interactive tools
  • Participate in a Q&A session with our training team

Join us for a 45 minute webinar on March 19 at 11AM EDT.

Register here.

Knovel Academic Refresh Webinar

Knovel provides answers for engineering students and faculty across all disciplines and is used to find technical information, develop engineering design projects, improve processes, validate assumptions and much more.

Have you ever used Knovel’s Data Search? Have you ever worked with a Knovel Interactive Table? What about a Graph Digitizer? If you would like to learn more about these topics, please view this On Demand training webinar.

In this session you will:

  • Learn to browse and search 28 subject areas
  • Familiarize yourself with Knovel’s interactive tools

 Link to the Webinar here.

Knovel Database and Earthquake Engineering

In the wake of yesterday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake here in central Virginia, you might find these titles from the Knovel database of interest.  What is Knovel?  Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers in many engineering disciplines.  It provides the full text to a variety of texts and reference books useful to all engineers.  Give Knovel a try!

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Handbook by R. W. Day

Earthquake Engineering – Application to Design by Charles K. Erdey

Hint:  When searching Knovel, you may want to limit your search to just items that UVa subscribes to.  Check the “My Subscription” link near the upper right corner of the Knovel screen.  Readers at schools other than UVa may have different subscribed content – or no access, if your school doesn’t subscribe to Knovel.  Check with your local librarian, if you have questions.


The Knovel University Challenge Is Back!

Knovel LogoThe Knovel University Challenge is Back and Tougher Than Ever!

The Knovel University Challenge emphasizes best practices for searching and gathering technical information. Starting Tuesday, September 14th, Knovel’s contest provides students with the opportunity to master their information gathering and analysis skills by solving real-world problems with help from the technical references and databases available via Knovel.

Answer 3 questions correctly for a chance to win an iPad, cash or other cool stuff!

Details on the Knovel University Challenge and to start playing are at

Student pondering questions

New Personalization Features in the Knovel Database

In November 2009, we announced My Knovel, a personal space where users can manage and organize saved content of all types.

You’ve likely seen the announcements in your email, in K-News, on the Knovel website and even in a few news articles.

We are happy to announce that My Knovel is now ready for our academic users.  Users will be able to take advantage of these features by creating individual user profiles.  Profiles are optional, but registering is the only way users can take advantage of the new personalized features offered.

New Features for Students & Faculty:

  • My Bookshelf – Users can save frequently used titles and organize them into folders they create
  • My Saved Searches – Users can save search queries and re-execute them with one click
  • My Saved Content – Users can save and organize search results and other content into the folders they create

Our new My Knovel video is an excellent resource to help you announce the new personalization features available on Knovel.

Visit the Knovel database to set up your My Knovel account or ask for more information and assistance at any UVa Library!

Online Book: Motors and Drives

Motors and Drives – A Practical Technology Guide by Dave Polka.
Publisher: ISA

Subject Area: Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering

Description: This practical reference introduces engineering concepts of motors and drives in a way that can be easily understood by both engineers unfamiliar with the technology and technicians who are technically literate but not accustomed to complex theory and mathematics.

It features simple explanations, summaries, review questions, glossaries, and reference tables for formulas and conversions.  Design engineers, automation and control specialists, maintenance technicians, and students will find this to be an invaluable resource both as a tutorial and desk reference.

Read the book online as part of the Knovel Library.  Access to this resource is limited to UVa faculty and students only from this URL.

Get Personal with My Knovel

Last November, Knovel — the online resource that helps you innovate and solve complex problems faster by providing instant access to trusted technical information in dozens of engineering books and handbooks — launched My Knovel, a personal space where users can manage and save content of all types.  New features include:

My Bookshelf – Save frequently used titles and organize them into folders you create

My Saved Content – Save and organize content into the folders you create

My Saved Searches – Save search queries and re-execute them with one click

The personalization features available with My Knovel continue to expand.   Clip to Knovel gives you the ability to save information from all over the Web to your My Knovel account.   Clip to Knovel is currently available for preview in Knovel Lab.   Check it out and let us know what you think.   Enter Knovel Lab

If you are not currently signed up for My Knovel, please contact  User registration is quick, easy and free.


Knovel is brought to you by the University of Virginia Libraries.  Use of the Knovel Library is restricted to University of Virginia faculty, staff and students.

Aircraft Structures

The Knovel Library contains hundreds of full-text online resources in a wide variety of science and engineering disciplines, as well as innovative research and analysis tools for using them. Here is one of the latest items to appear in the Knovel Library:

Composite Materials for Aircraft Structures (2nd Edition)
Publisher: AIAA
Description: The 2nd edition of this best-selling book provides an introduction to virtually all aspects of the technology of composite materials as used in aeronautical design and structure.  Since the first edition of this textbook in 1986, the use of high-performance polymer-matrix fiber composites in aircraft structures has grown steadily, although not as dramatically as predicted at that time.  The text discusses important differences in the technology of composites from that of metals–intrinsic substantive differences and their implications for manufacturing processes, structural design procedures, and in-service performance of the materials, particularly regarding the cause and nature of damage that may be sustained.

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