Knovel, headquartered in New York City, was founded in 2001 and was a private company until it was acquired by Elsevier in 2013. The company provides an online library focused on engineering topics. According to Knovel, their customers include more than 700 customers worldwide including 74 Fortune 500 companies and more than 400 universities.
Knovel’s offerings include three key elements – validated content, optimized search, and data analysis tools. The library is focused on the engineering community, offering more than 30 subject areas featuring guidance and best practice information on a wide range of topics including material selection and tolerances, environmental impacts, safety and compliance. The library content includes more than 3,500 reference works and databases from more than 90 leading technical publishers and professional societies such as AIAA, AIChE and ASME. Users can find data hidden in tables, graphs, and equations, and they can execute numeric range and multi-variable searches. Knovel’s content includes more than 90,000 interactive tables, equation plotters, charts and graphs that can be manipulated and exported into other tools such as Excel or PTC’s Mathcad.