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Applied Technical Reference

Single-source access to engineering and technical knowledge

The Applied Technical Reference Collection from IHS Markit empowers engineers and technical professionals to accelerate problem solving, increase revenues, lower costs, and mitigate risks. Customers realize more than 30% reductions in the time that their engineers spend looking for information – enabling them to spend more time analyzing information, resulting in faster, better decisions.

The combination of a comprehensive cloud-based library containing thousands of authoritative applied technical reference materials with advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies allow engineers to quickly find the information they need to make the best decisions at each stage of the product and project lifecycle.

Together, the Applied Technical Reference Collections and Engineering Workbench uniquely meet the information and decision-making needs of today’s technical enterprise by enabling engineering leaders to meet their goals for business growth, cost control, and risk mitigation.

Increase your engineers’ efficiency by up to 30% with Knowledge Collections by IHS Markit
State of the Technical Professional Workforce Delivering more value with fewer resources

The Power of Knowledge

With thousands of titles from leading technical publishers such as McGraw Hill, Springer, Wiley, CRC Press, and many more, Applied Technical Reference Collections give engineers single-source access to widely-used manuals, handbooks, reference books and more across industry sectors and technical fields.

These collections can easily be configured to provide access to the critical technical reference content that meets the specific requirements of engineering, research, development, and scientific teams. The total digital library contains 36,000+ engineering and technical titles organized into 19 engineering disciplines and subject areas within disciplines.


19 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

27 publishers
AMACOM, 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

2 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, IT & Software Collection, Law Collection, Materials & Steel Collection, Oil, Gas & Geosciences Collection, Telecommunications Collection
Next-Generation Search Technology

Easily browse through content disciplines and subject areas and execute full-text searches across all titles to quickly find answers within this vast cloud-based library. The “virtual subject matter expert”  in our patented Artificial Intelligence technologies includes AI, machine learning and natural-language processing.

Optional Enhancements

Expert Index
A comprehensive collection of 75 million+ technical articles, publications, reports, design principles, best practices, and more from vetted sources. Aggregated and readily accesible in one place, Expert Index helps engineers, scientists, and other knowledge workers quickly make the best decisions.

Research Assistant
A content analysis and research tool that allows technical professionals to review large bodies of information and quickly discover answers and knowledge. A “virtual subject matter expert,” Research Assistant guides users through content and poses questions to obtain highly precise answers to queries. Additionally, content on publicly available third-party websites can be indexed through Research Assistant.


  • 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
    • Use Get Link to create links to eBook entire documents, specific pages, or specific sections within a 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


With 400+ partnerships with leading publishers, access the world’s most comprehensive library of essential technical reference content in a single source.

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