News from the Library: Knovel, a technical information portal for the engineering community

Knovel is a web-based discovery platform meeting the information needs of the engineering community.


Knovel combines the functionalities of an e-book platform and of a search engine querying a plurality of online databases. These functionalities are complemented by analytical tools that permit the extraction and manipulation of data from e-book content.

Knovel provides subscribers with access to more than 4,000 leading reference works and databases from more than 100 international publishers and professional societies (AIAA, AIChE, ASME and NACE, among others) through a single interface.

Knovelʼs comprehensive collection of content, covering 31 subject areas, is continually updated as new titles become available to reflect the evolving needs of users.

Knovelʼs tools - including its interactive tables and graphs - not only help users to find information hidden in complex graphs, equations and tables quickly, but also to analyse and manipulate data as easily as sorting a spread sheet. Using either simple keywords or full Boolean queries, Knovel searches across different data sets to find the information engineers need, however deeply it may be buried.

A two-months trial period of Knovel for the whole of CERN will start soon. We will post an announcement in due time.

As usual, your feedback is most welcome! Please contact us by e-mail.

by CERN Library