a. ASM Handbooks Online

By Camille Wanat (UC Berkeley), Resource Liaison

The ASM Handbooks Online is a new Tier 2 acquisition negotiated on behalf of six participating campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, and UC San Diego.  Access is via IP authentication for the six participating campuses at http://products.asminternational.org/hbk/index.jsp.

The online product contains all the data in the 21 volumes of the ASM Handbook, as well as the two ASM desk editions, the Engineered Materials Handbook and the Metals Handbook.  The set is a well-known source of information on metals and materials technology.

Until 1992, the series title was Metals Handbook.  Under the new title, ASM Handbook, the coverage has been broadened to include coverage of nonmetallic structural materials including plastics, ceramics, and composites.

The data includes articles, tables, and graphs on materials properties, processes, performance, and selection. Together, these volumes provide an enormous amount of practical information and data about the selection, processing, performance, and analysis of structural materials.

Both browsing and searching are available.  Users can browse through the table of contents and drill down to the section level.  Searching is always available via a search box in the top right of the screen; an advanced search mode enables users to limit searches for finer retrieval.  Search tips are also available at http://products.asminternational.org/hbk/tips.jsp.

Help for the ASM Handbooks Online is available at http://products.asminternational.org/matinfo/help.html#ghbo3.  The help button at the top right of every screen will provide help on all the ASM International Online products, not just the ASM Handbooks online.

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