Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Why should I create a personal account?
    Creating a personal account provides you with additional valuable tools within AccessEngineering including saving DataVis projects, annotating text and graphs, saving favorites and searches, organizing research with labels, exporting tables to excel, and creating search alerts. Click here for help with these features.

  2. Can I view AccessEngineering on my mobile device?
    AccessEngineering is optimized to work on any mobile device with a browser.  In addition, if you normally access AccessEngineering through your university or corporate network, you can also download a roaming passport to your mobile device so that you can access the site when you are not connected to your institution's network.

  3. Do I need any special software to use the site?
    Most of AccessEngineering displays using a standard web browser. Javascript must be installed for certain features, such as the interactive graphs.

  4. Can I print the content in AccessEngineering?
    Yes. When you are at a section that you wish to print, click on the PRINT button on the upper right corner of the page.  Note that you must create and be signed into your personal account in order to print content.

  5. I am a librarian interested in downloading Marc Records or seeing usage statistics. How do I do that?
    Marc Records and usage statistics are available from the Administration page.

  6. Is AccessEngineering Athens and Shibboleth compliant?
    AccessEngineering supports authentication via Shibboleth and OpenAthens.

  7. How often is content updated?
    New content is added every month, including new books, videos, downloadable tables, spreadsheet calculators, interactive graphs, and curriculum maps.  You can always find what's new on the site from the Latest Updates link in the footer.

  8. May I use images and videos from AccessEngineering in my lectures or assignments?
    Yes, you may use images, videos graphs and tables in your class. Please remember that all content remains the copyrighted property of McGraw-Hill.

  9. How can I maximize the effectiveness of my searches on AccessEngineering?
    AccessEngineering has a powerful search engine that enables users to quickly find the answers they need.

    The search engine used relies on Boolean operators. If you search for “power and supply”, our search engine performs four searches – one for each individual word and one for any combination of them. If you put the three words in quote marks, then it will search for the whole phrase. If you mean “or”, then put “or”.  Advanced Search functionality is also available.

    Filters make it very easy to narrow down search results.  Available filters include engineering disciplines and processes, content type, and book title. 

    AccessEngineering search results are also supplemented by synonyms found in the INSPEC thesaurus. So if you enter ‘power and supply’, as well as the searches across each word and combination, AccessEngineering searches for synonyms related to each word.

  10. Where do the dictionary results come from in AccessEngineering and how can I cite them?
    The dictionary results come from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th Edition.  Dictionary results can be cited as McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6thed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003.

  11. DataVis FAQ's

    For help getting started with DataVis, watch our video tutorial.

  12. What is DataVis?
    Designed by faculty, DataVis is an interactive, web-based data visualization tool that transforms the way students learn about material properties.  DataVis instantly displays property data in interactive dot-plots and scatterplots across a wide range of materials.  Students can then use interactive features to actively explore the data, and to compare the range of each property both within and across material classifications.  Up to 5 properties can be explored together on a single page.  Visualizations can be saved as projects and shared with others. DataVis also includes a simple search tool for looking up property values for a single material.

  13. What materials are in DataVis?
  14. The dataset included in DataVis was carefully curated by our faculty advisors to offer enough materials for students to learn about material properties without being overwhelming. There are approximately 200 materials and 65 properties in DataVis, including cost. If you see a material that you need that is not included, please use the contact us link below and we'd be happy to look into adding it for you.  

  15. What are the sample DataVis projects?
  16. The sample DataVis projects are active learning projects that faculty have created to use in their courses. They have been shared with the AccessEngineering subscriber community to use as they wish. You can use them as-is, or save a copy and customize them as you'd like.

  17. What if I just want to find the property value for a material?
  18. If you know the material and property value that you are interested in, you can use our simple search tool. Just select Find a property value for a single material from the DataVis home page, and then starting typing in the search fields. Select the material and property from the matches in our database, and DataVis will instantly return the value in SI units. You can easily change the units if you'd like. The source for the value is also provided.

  19. Can I include other content in my DataVis projects?
  20. Yes, DataVis makes it really easy to include other content in your projects. You can add your own text content to the top of any page in the project.  In addition, related content links from AccessEngineering or from your own sources can be added on each page. This is a great way to share background information, provide context, or share examples that support the materials and properties being explored in the project.  

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