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Knovel Trial: Test These 4 New Subject Areas

by Ken Winter on 2022-11-01T07:00:00-04:00 in Construction, Engineering, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Materials, Research, Safety & Security, VDOT Library | 0 Comments

Screen capture showing the Knovel database.
This short video shows how you can access materials in the trial and share your feedback with this anonymous survey


The VDOT Research Library has maintained a subscription to Knovel (a full-text eBook database) since 2011, focusing on Civil and Transportation engineering collections. But as we try to support VDOT of Tomorrow  more "comprehensively" the library is considering an expansion VDOT's Knovel subscription that would nearly double its size!

For the month of November 2022, we'll be conducting a "trial" (watch this short VIDEO for more details). The trial will provide VDOT employees with unlimited 30-day access to resources in 4 new subject collections. That will include unlimited viewing, printing, downloading and sharing (within Knovel's guidelines) of information from books in the trial collections, which are listed below (click to expand for a full description):

Environment & Environmental Engineering
Contains 431 books on soil and ground remediation, water treatment, solid waste management, recycling, air quality monitoring, environmental pollution, indoor air quality control, and total life cycle design.
Fire Protection Engineering & Emergency Response
Contains 105 books on fire dynamics, performance of fire suppression and ventilation systems, planning for the egress of people, staging of first responders and emergency management planning, fire resistant design of offshore structures, and design of fire protection systems in industrial applications. 
Safety & Industrial Hygiene
Contains 383 books on industrial hygiene, firefighting, moisture and mold control, occupational safety and health, air quality, noise control, electrical safety, safety audits, toxic chemicals, and emergency response to chemical spills.
Sustainable Energy & Development
Contains 487 books on biofuels, fuel cells, photovoltaic, hydroelectric and wind power, energy efficiency, LEED design, sustainable building and site development, and groundwater protection. 


To help us decide how useful these collections are to VDOT the library is administering a brief user-satisfaction survey. We encourage VDOT employees with interest and/or expertise in subject areas above to explore Knovel, review books of relevance, and provide us with feedback on your experience. Please follow these simple steps:

1. Access Knovel and explore resources in the four trial collections shown above. If you have never used Knovel, please consult this Quick-Start Guide. 

2. After exploring Knovel (especially the new content listed above!) take a 2-minute survey


We hope you will also forward information about the trial to VDOT colleagues who have expertise or interest in the subjects listed above.


Please get in touch if you have any questions along the way!

Ken Winter
(434) 962-8979
VDOT Research Library

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