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Engineering Design Classes - Jeanine Williamson

:: Jeanine Williamson, Engineering Librarian at Hodges Library, U Tennessee, recently surveyed other engineering librarians regarding resources they use when preparing for and instructing in engineering design classes. Here is her report:

Design Classes

Often different teams in a design class have different information needs. It may be best to talk with team leaders one on one.

One library assigns LIS graduate students to each design group to help them with their information needs.

Types of information used include patents, standard databases like IEL, INSPEC, e-books, and data handbooks; industry standards, trade catalogs, handbooks, demographics.

Sites to look at:

www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/chemicaleng/chemguide/index.cfm
www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/materialseng/materialsguide/index.cfm
(Randy Reichardt, University of Alberta)
http://sirsi-rooms.bucknell.edu/rooms/portal/media-type/html/user/anon/page/ChemicalEngineering.psml/js_pane/P-fe20781409-10402
(Jim Van Fleet, Bucknell University)
http://web.library.uiuc.edu/grainger/top.asphttp://web.library.uiuc.edu/grainger/top.asp
(Linda Ackerson, UIUC)
http://g118.grainger.uiuc.edu/engdesign
(William Mischo, UIUC)

Patents, Industry Standards, Trade Catalogs, Handbooks, Demographics (population, consumption, market data),
(Sharon Shafer, UCLA)

Patents
http://patents.uspto.gov/index.html
USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office
http://www.freepatentsonline.com
FreepatentsOnline
http://ep.espacenet.com
European Patent Information (US/WO/JP Patents Search)
http://www.depatisnet.de/
DEPATISnet information:
http://www.surfip.gov.sg/sip/site/sip_home.htm
SurfIP

Industry standards
http://www.global.ihs.com/

Trade Catalogs
e.g. McMasterCarr etc.
http://www.mcmaster.com/
GlobalSpec
http://www.designinfo.com/
industrial ebay (http://business.stores.ebay.com/)

Demographics

LexisNexis Statistical
MarketResearch.com
RAND
STAT-USA
TableBase
World Development Indicators (CD-ROM)
Indicators Online

www.library.ubc.ca/scieng/toolkit
(Kevin Lindstrom, University of British Columbia)

My guess is that this is just the tip of the iceberg of resources developed and used by engineering librarians throughout the continent. Thanks to Jeanine for allowing me to post her results here.

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