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Archive | July, 2018

Heat Exchanger Design Handbook Online: Standard reference on heat exchangers

U-Tube Heat Exchanger

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VCU Libraries has recently acquired a new resource. The Heat Exchanger Design Handbook is a standard reference source for design and other information on heat transfer, heat exchanger and other associated technologies. This online resource is the updated and expanded electronic version of the print. It covers all aspects of heat exchanger design and operation, including the basic design methodology, the associated heat transfer and fluid flow technology and the physical data required for design.

The resource is broken into five volumes. All are searchable simultaneously using keyword or phrase, author or editor:

  • Volume 1 sets the scene to present basic theory of heat exchanger and generic application technology.
  • Volume 2 gives the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer and fluid mechanics.
  • Volume 3 addresses the design of thermal and hydraulic heat exchangers.
  • Volume 4 describes mechanical design of heat exchangers and basic mechanical principles.
  • Volume 5 gives the physical properties

All volumes can be searched simultaneously but the results show the volume from which they were retrieved. For example, a simple search using the phrase “tube exchanger design” produces articles from volume 4 that give the specification and design codes for designing shell and tube heat exchangers,

Faculty and students, will find this resource very useful, particularly for senior design projects.

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By Ibironke Lawal, science and engineering collections librarian

Image: H Padleckas, Wikimedia Commons

After National Guideline Clearinghouse shutdown: Use these library resources

Due to a loss in federal funding, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Guideline Clearinghouse was shut down on July 16, 2018. To continue accessing current, evidence-based clinical guidelines, VCU Libraries’ users can tap the following resources.

  • PubMed (1-minute video tutorial)
    • Conduct a search for a condition (e.g. diabetes).
    • To the left of your search results, click on Customize under the Article Types section.
    • Select Practice Guideline and click on Show.
    • Click on the Practice Guideline option that is now displaying under Article Types.
  • CINAHL (1-minute video tutorial)
    • Conduct a search for a condition (e.g. diabetes).
    • To the left of your search results, click on “Show More” under the Limit To section.
    • Select Practice Guidelines under Publication Type and click on Search.
  • ClinicalKey
    • To the left of the search bar, change All Types to Guidelines.
    • Enter your search terms for a condition (e.g. diabetes).
    • Click on the orange Search icon (magnifying glass) or hit the Return/Enter key on your keyboard.
  • Trip Medical Database
    • Conduct a search for a condition (e.g. diabetes).
    • Select the Guidelines filter to the right of your search results.
  • UpToDate
    • Conduct a search for a condition (e.g. diabetes).
    • Select a monograph to view (e.g. Overview of medical care in adults with diabetes mellitus).
    • Scroll down the Topic Outline on the left-hand side and select Society Guideline Links.
  • Guideline Central – Free access to current clinical practice guidelines and guideline summaries.

Practice guidelines are also available through professional organizations’ websites (e.g. AHA, AORN), although in some cases, this will require membership for access. If you do not have membership and can find specific information for the guideline (e.g. title, year, ISBN, URL, etc.) you can try requesting the item through VCU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

If you have any additional questions about accessing guidelines, please contact your liaison librarian.

This content is based on Brandi Tuttle’s post at Duke University’s Medical Center Library & Archives and used with permission.