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Knovel: Quick Start Guide: About

The purpose of this guide is help VDOT employees find and use Knovel, a “full-text” subscription database available to all VDOT employees by the VDOT Research Library.

What is Knovel?

Knovel is a technical e-book database accessible to all VDOT employees from the VDOT network. VDOT’s subscription to Knovel provides access to electronic versions of books from core publishers in transportation, including: AASHTO, TRB, Wiley and Elsevier. This “virtual” library collection is an important supplement to the VDOT Library’s “physical” collections. Knovel offers 36 separate collections on topics from Aerospace & Radar Technology to Textiles through the URL:

At this time VDOT only subscribes to the following collections, for a total of about 2,800 eBook titles:  

•    Civil Engineering & Construction Materials
•    Engineering Management & Leadership
•    General Engineering & Project Administration
•    Transportation Engineering

Logging In To Knovel

There are several ways to get to Knovel.  It is accessible from the library’s Web site, and also from the Library’s Online Catalog. Once you get to Knovel, we recommend you log in with your Knovel account (if you have one), instead of selecting the "browse as guest" option.

The account requires your VDOT email address and the Knovel password you created.

If you believe you have an account but you can't remember your password, click "Forgot password?" to recover it via e-mail.
Knovel login screen showing VDOT logo and patron name.

How Can I Tell I am Logged In?

Knovel login screen showing VDOT logo and patron name.
You can tell that you are logged in to VDOT's subscription with your Knovel account and not browsing "as guest" by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. 
You should see your name and the VDOT logo, as shown here.

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