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Freshman and Sophomore Introduction to Manufacturing-related Engineering Handbooks Using Knovel Databases

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Progress in Manufacturing Education III

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25.651.1 - 25.651.14



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Julia L. Morse Kansas State University, Salina

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Julia Morse is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for mechanical engineering technology at Kansas State University, K-State, Salina. She teaches lecture and laboratory courses in the areas of manufacturing, automation, and computer-aided design. Morse earned a B.S.I.E. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from Auburn University, where she also worked with Auburn Industrial Extension Service. Her work in industry includes engineering experience in quality control, industrial engineering, and design and development functions for automotive parts manufacturers in North Carolina and Germany.

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Heidi Blackburn Kansas State University, Salina

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Heidi Blackburn is the Undergraduate Services Librarian for Kansas State University, Salina. She received her M.L.S. from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management in 2008. She is a member of the Kansas Library Association (KLA), American College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and American Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She is published in Library Hi Tech, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research, Journal of Library Administration, and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) proceedings. She was awarded the New Professional Award by the Kansas Library Association in 2011. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at Emporia State University, where she is researching gender and technology in libraries.

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Freshman and Sophomore Introduction to Manufacturing-Related Engineering Handbooks Using Knovel Databases Graduates’ ability to find and apply relevant information from engineering handbooksand reference books to their engineering and technology problems can be consideredfoundational to their ability to pursue lifelong-learning in their field. Searchable, electronicaccess to traditional engineering handbooks and reference books as provided by KnovelDatabases serves as a user-friendly platform to introduce students to both the breadth and depthof reference book information available. In an attempt to promote an early familiarization to relevant engineering references,engineering technology students in a freshman manufacturing processes course and a sophomorematerials and metallurgy course were given a hands-on introduction to the Knovel database, withactivities geared to specific course problems as well as time to explore content on various coursetopics. Student responses to a required post-activity essay reveal unexpected student perceptionsand teaching hurdles.

Morse, J. L., & Blackburn, H. (2012, June), Freshman and Sophomore Introduction to Manufacturing-related Engineering Handbooks Using Knovel Databases Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21408

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