To link to this database use: https://libraries.indiana.edu/databases/materialconnexion
Each month a jury is convened to judge a selection of the staffs' recent choices. Each material is judged on a number of different criteria to determine its appropriateness for the library/database, the primary criteria being innovation in some form. Does the material do something no other material does? Is it made from better raw materials? Is less energy expended in the creation of the material versus similar materials?
The information, including high-quality photographs, and company/vendor contact information is also placed into our digital database that can be accessed online. This not only provides access for those without convenient access to a physical iteration of the Material Connexion library, but it also provides all users with the ability to search all of the materials by keyword, material type, manufacturer name, and manufacturer location. The eight material processes include: polymers; cement-based materials; glass; metals; ceramics; natural materials; carbon-based materials; processes.
Coverage: Varies - Updated Monthly
Vendor: Material Connexion
Producer: Material Connexion
Interlibrary Loan Type: Not Permitted
Simultaneous User Limit: Unlimited simultaneous users