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Applied Technical Reference

Single-point access to engineering and technical knowledge

What if your engineers could quickly pinpoint essential technical knowledge to implement standards in line with industry best practices?

What if your engineering teams could shift 30 percent of their time from researching to solving problems?

Knowledge Collections by IHS Markit combine a comprehensive cloud-based library of applied technical reference with next-generation search technology that lets engineers quickly find the knowledge they need to make the best decisions at each stage of the product and project lifecycle. With thousands of titles from leading technical publishers such as CRC Press, McGraw-Hill, Springer, Wiley, and many more, Knowledge Collections give engineers single-source access to well-known and widely used manuals, handbooks, reference books, and more, covering topics across industry sectors and technical fields.

Knowledge Collections are delivered on Engineering Workbench, which incorporates artificial intelligence technologies like machine learning and natural-language processing to accelerate research by helping engineers easily pinpoint precise answers across this extensive library of trusted content. Together, Knowledge Collections and Engineering Workbench uniquely meet the information and decision-making needs of today's technical enterprise, helping engineering leaders better meet their business goals for growth, cost control, and risk mitigation.

Subscribe today to:

  • Accelerate research time by up to 30 percent or more
  • Identify innovative solutions by looking beyond your industry for answers
  • Increase engineering efficiency by reducing design cycles
  • Reduce errors and other project risks, and ensure compliance
  • Mitigate corporate knowledge loss due to workforce turnover

Dive deeper into the content and capabilities in Knowledge Collections

Knowledge Collections can help your organization increase revenues, lower costs and mitigate risks. Below find details on how Knowledge Collections can help you meet these goals.

Next-Generation Search Technology

Knowledge Collections are delivered on Engineering Workbench, which incorporates artificial intelligence technologies like machine learning and natural-language processing to help engineers quickly find the answers they need within this cloud-based library.

  • Document and full-text search: If you know what you're looking for and where to look, you can recover the exact document you need instantly.
  • Knowledge discovery: When you're unsure of where to look, Engineering Workbench uses patented knowledge discovery technology to act like a "virtual subject matter expert" to rapidly guide you to the best answers and solutions.
  • Browsing: When you need to get up to speed on an issue quickly, or you simply want to explore a particular topic, Engineering Workbench lets you browse through content organized into disciplines (such as Earth Sciences or Electronics) and subject areas within a discipline (such as Minerals and Natural Resources or Optics and Photonics).
By incorporating these next-gen search capabilities, Engineering Workbench lets engineers quickly discover solutions to technical challenges, accelerating R&D and problem solving to drive revenue, manage costs, and mitigate risks.
Leading Publishers

The titles in Knowledge Collections include manuals, handbooks, dictionaries and more, from leading technical publishers, including:

  • American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS)
  • ASM International
  • ASTM International
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Chemical Publishing Company
  • Clarion, Inc.
  • CRC Press
  • DEStech Publications, Inc.
  • Dunedin Academic Press
  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
  • Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
  • Industrial Press, Inc.
  • International Society of Automation (ISA)
  • IT Governance Ltd.
  • Maney Publishing
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Oxford University Press
  • PACKT Publishing, Inc.
  • SAE International
  • SPIE – International Society for Optics & Photonics
  • Springer
  • Synapse Information Resources Inc.
  • Technology Perspectives
  • Trans Tech Publications, Inc.
  • John Wiley & Sons
  • World Scientific Publishing Company
Content Details

The total Knowledge Collections library contains 36,000+ engineering and technical titles, including manuals, handbooks and dictionaries, organized into engineering disciplines and subject areas within disciplines. Companies can easily and flexibly configure their Knowledge Collections to provide access to the critical technical reference content that meets the specific requirements of their engineering, research, development, and scientific teams. Titles are fully searchable and provide full-text, digital access to the content.

Available Discipline Collections:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Safety
  • Life Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Materials Science
  • Oil and Gas Engineering
  • Software Engineering
See the Knowledge Collections Tech Spec for the full breakout of disciplines and subject areas.
Additional Reference Collections

Pressure Vessels Collection

This collection includes 30+ engineering titles covering topics related to the design, installation or operation of pressure vessels. Publishers include:

  • ASM International
  • ASTM International
  • Chemical Publishing Company
  • CRC Press
  • DEStech Publications
  • Maney Publishing
  • Oxford University Press
  • Trans Tech Publications
  • John Wiley & Sons

Springer Collections

These collections provide access to a robust set of engineering titles and journal articles. Available Springer Collections include:

  • Engineering eBook Collection
  • Aerospace Collection
  • Automotive Collection
  • Chemical Manufacturing Collection
  • Consumer Packaged Goods Collection
  • Electronics Collection
  • Energy, Utilities & Environment Collection
  • Finance, Business & Banking Collection
  • IT & Software Collection
  • Law Collection
  • Materials & Steel Collection
  • Oil, Gas & Geosciences Collection
  • Telecommunications Collection
Optional Add-ons

Expert Index 
A comprehensive collection of over 75 million technical articles, publications, reports, design principles/best practices and more, from vetted sources, aggregated and readily accessible in one place, to help engineers, scientists and other knowledge workers quickly make the best decisions. Learn more

Research Assistant
This content analysis and research tool allows you to quickly review large bodies of information to discover answers and knowledge. Graphical and tabular tools, including more than 70 intelligent filters, or "content lenses," perform like a "virtual subject matter expert," guiding you through content and posing questions that you might not think to ask to help you obtain highly precise answers to your queries. For example, view definitions, advantages, disadvantages, applications, materials, causes and effects, parts, functions, interactions and more related to a topic. Also allows you to index content on publicly available third-party web sites through the Research Assistant Cloud Services. Learn more

Patent Solutions 
The Patent Collection provides full-text searchability for more than 60 million patents, with advanced search capabilities that allow users to quickly identify content that matches their query, view dynamic summaries in their native language, and view the full-text patent in its original language, in HTML or PDF. The Patent Intelligence application, available as an optional additional capability, leverages the same collection of 60+ million patents but also provides a packaged set of analytics that enables organizations to extract competitive intelligence from the patents. Learn more

Knowledge Collections Capabilities

  • Precise answers, from reliable, comprehensive content: With one search, you can extract the answer you need from 36,000+ titles published by the sources you trust
  • Faceted filtering with point-and-click research: Drill down by publisher, publication date, author and more to quickly locate the content you need
  • Knowledge management and retention tools: Annotate content with project notes and expert commentary to preserve knowledge and organizational know-how
  • Productivity tools: Users can tune their working environment to best suit their current project requirements or research needs
    • Accelerate research using document summaries
    • Save time by linking directly to the answer in the source document
    • Bookmark content and pin it to your desktop
    • Save queries for later use
    • Track the latest development in topics of interest by setting up query alerts
    • Extract source document's bibliographic or metadata
    • Use "My Workspaces" to save, organize and share research related to a project or topic of interest


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