17 February 2009

Knovel technical reference service

Knovel's technical reference information service, available since September through Adept Scientific, is an online catalogued library system aimed at engineers and applied scientists.

These days, any subscription portal has to justify itself against the ever swelling volume of freely available material on the open web, accessible through various general and specific search engines. Knovel does so by offering a large number of full text sources from a variety of publishers and other organisation, in one place, through a single purpose-designed interface, supplemented by useful ancillary facilities. A subscription doesn't just replicate the physical resources with a saving on storage space, access efficiency, updating, and so on, it represents several layers of value added too [more...]