Database of the Month – Knovel
Knovel is an engineering database containing technical and reference information used by academics and industry professionals. It contains searchable books, reference items, encyclopaedias and dictionaries alongside a powerful, interactive and detailed equation calculator.
In October Knovel introduced its new platform and interface for Knovel with emphasis placed on smarter searching, personalisation and accessibility.
The home screen is simple and intuitive with two tabs along the top, a prominent search box below and a persistent toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen. On the bottom of each pages there is an “Explore this page” link with more information or help on the product.
A general search for the whole resource can be entered straight into the search box whilst the popular Property Search is accessible from both the top tab and the toolbar.
Also situated on the toolbar is the “My Knovel” which increases personalisation of the resource, “Equations” to access the equations tool and a very comprehensive “Unit Converter”.
Most information can easily be exported to other applications including Excel spreadsheets with reference information compatible with both Endnote and Mendeley.