New Resources: Books 24x7 and Engineering Case Studies Online

January 30, 2014
New Resources

UM Library recently began subscribing to 2 resources that may be of interest to users at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.

Books24x7 is a resource from Skillsoft that includes e-books and videos in engineering and IT areas. Our subscription includes the following collections:

  • EngineeringPro - "Reference material covering a wide range of engineering disciplines"
  • ITPro - "ITPro provides both broad and deep coverage of over 100 different technology topics"
  • IT & Desktop Instructional Videos - "Short videos, 3-5 minutes in length, covering a variety of desktop and IT topics"

Engineering Case Studies Online is a resource from Alexander Street Press that includes a variety of content to assist with the analysis and study of engineering failures. Materials in the collection include:

  • Feature-length video documentaries of major failures.
  • Monographs explaining cases in detail and describing key engineering concepts and issues.
  • Simulations depicting precisely what went wrong.
  • Primary footage of accidents, including related news segments.
  • Event timelines and maps.
  • Audio footage and transcripts.
  • Testimonies from participants, victims, and witnesses.
  • Images, accident reports, blueprints, and other key archival content whenever available.
  • Bibliographies of authoritative materials from newspapers, Web sites, and journals.
  • Specially written cases that explore engineering ethics.
Example cases include:
  • Air France flight 4590
  • Apollo 13
  • The Big Dig
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner
  • Chernobyl power plant
  • Deepwater Horizon oil rig
  • Ford Pinto
  • Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
  • Hyatt Regency walkway
  • Space shuttle Challenger
  • Tacoma Narrows bridge
  • Titanic
  • TWA flight 800

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