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ENGnetBASE: Online Engineering Handbooks now available through VIVA

The Virtual Library of Virginia

For Immediate Release (February 15, 2005):

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is excited to announce access to ENGnetBASE: Engineering Electronic Library. An electronic library dealing with all areas of engineering from CRC Press, it contains 248 handbooks and other reference books. CRC Press is well-respected for providing accurate and up-to-date resources for engineers. The handbooks cover all engineering topics and can be searched and browsed by topic and title.

The complete content of every handbook is searchable online including charts, graphs, illustrations, and text. A user can search just an individual handbook or all or part of the online collection. The blue bar on the homepage has a “Search Our Site” box and a link to “How it Works,” which concisely explains how to effectively search the handbooks. The results are displayed by listing the handbook with the most number of references to the search down to the smallest, including the book title and authors. When users click on the link to see the handbook, a new window opens which includes the table of contents and takes the user to the first instance of search terms, highlighting the terms.

Faculty, researchers, and students will find ENGnetBASE useful because it provides information that is current, comprehensive, and authoritative. The coverage of the handbooks will assist researchers from across the wide spectrum of engineering fields, from aerospace to nanotechnology to operations research.

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is a consortium of the libraries of 69 non-profit institutions of higher education in Virginia, including 39 state-assisted colleges and universities at 54 campuses within the Commonwealth of Virginia, 30 independent private, non-profit institutions, and The Library of Virginia. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative, and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia’s academic libraries serving the non-profit higher education community. VIVA is funded by the State of Virginia through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and by investments from participating institutions.

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For additional information contact:
Katherine A. Perry
VIVA Director
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Tel: 703-993-4652




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