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Engineering Case Histories: Case 93: Hints on searching the literature

Gathering accurate data is essential for failure analysis and other types of research.

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Gathering accurate data is essential for failure analysis and other types of research. It is relatively easy to do a literature search today. Before the availability of electronic methods, informed individuals, the library, periodicals and technical journals often provided the results needed. Science, engineering and technology centers, such as the Linda Hall Library in Missouri, provided research in most areas. In addition to the above sources, much of the data I require is now located on the Internet. I use examples on the web to verify many of my analytical models and develop new ones, as well as read about lessons learned. Data is also available in unclassified government reports poste

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