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Single-point access to engineering and technical publications and relevant content

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

IHS Knowledge Collections is a comprehensive online library of authoritative engineering and technical reference content – aggregated, accessible and curated for you in one place. Providing access to the most trusted titles from the leading technical publishers, Knowledge Collections helps engineers quickly make the best decisions at each product lifecycle stage. Find technical publications from McGraw-Hill, Springer, Wiley, Industrial Press, Maney, Oxford University Press and other trusted sources. Expand your engineers’ knowledge with access to books, manuals, handbooks and more, covering topics across industry sectors and technical fields.

With Knowledge Collections, you get more than unified information access. You also can take advantage of next-generation search technology to analyze a problem for you, ask questions, and extract answers from within a large body of materials. And because Knowledge Collections is delivered on the IHS Engineering Workbench, you have access to a revolutionary knowledge platform that uniquely meets the information and decision-making needs of today’s technical enterprise. Use bookmarks and annotations to save time and preserve or share knowledge within teams or across the enterprise.

Subscribe today to:
  • Accelerate research time by up to 30 percent
  • Solve problems faster 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
  • Maximize value of proprietary knowledge sources

Dive deeper into the content and capabilities in IHS Knowledge Collections

Interested in increasing your engineering productivity, but need more information about how IHS Knowledge Collections can help you meet this goal? Find details below on the content and capabilities that make Knowledge Collections a unique solution for addressing technical knowledge management challenges and meeting your business objectives.

Full-text Search Technology

Keyword Document Retrieval: When you know the precise document you are looking for.

Semantic Knowledge Discovery: When you are not sure of the right questions to ask. The IHS search technology acts like a "virtual subject matter expert" to guide you to answers and solutions.

Content Sources

Engineering eBooks from the leading technical publishers, including:

  • American Oil Chemists Society
  • ASM International
  • American Water Works Association
  • Clarion
  • Chemical Publishing Company
  • DEStech Publications
  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
  • Institution of Engineering & Technology
  • Industrial Press
  • International Society of Automation
  • IT Governance
  • Maney Publishing
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Oxford University Press
  • PACKT Publishing
  • Synapse Information Resources
  • International Society for Optics & Photonics
  • Taylor & Francis Group
  • Technology Perspectives
  • Trans Tech Publications
  • John Wiley & Sons
  • World Scientific Publishing Company
Content Details

+10,000 engineering and technical titles, including manuals, handbooks and dictionaries, covering essential engineering disciplines:

  • 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
Optional Add-ons

IHS 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.

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.

IHS Patent Solutions
The IHS Patent Collection provides full-text searchability for more than 45 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.

IHS Patent Intelligence, available as an optional additional capability, leverages the same collection of 45 million patents but also provides a packaged set of analytics that enables organizations to extract competitive intelligence from the patents.

Knowledge Collections Capabilities

  • Next-generation search technology: When you’re unsure of the questions to ask, let our technology do the work for you so that you get answers organized by categories and, within those categories, by concepts
  • Full-text search ability: If you know where to look, recover the exact document you need quickly
  • On-demand virtual subject matter expert: Ask the platform a question just as if you were sitting in a room full of experts
  • Semantic understanding: The search engine understands that when you search for “reduce” you could also mean “decrease”; therefore, you don’t have to worry about matching words to uncover answers
  • Precise answers, from reliable, comprehensive content: With one search, you can extract the answer you need from 10,000+ titles from the sources you trust, capturing and retaining subject matter expertise
  • 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 from senior professionals
  • Productivity tools:
    • Dynamically create, translate, share and save summaries of source documents
    • Set up regular queries of your most interested topics to receive any updated findings
    • Link directly to the answer in the source document
    • Extract source document’s bibliographic or metadata
    • Bookmark content and pin it to your desktop


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