Document Type



April 2013


open access, free technical resources, institutional repositories, disciplinary repositories, entrepreneurship education, engineering education


Engineering | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Library and Information Science


If you have ever had to seek technical information, you have probably run into an information access roadblock or a pay-wall. This is a major issue for our students as they leave our universities and our subscription resources and move on to become practitioners of their field. This session will outline the different types of freely available technical information - including patents, government funded technical reports, and open access journal literature - and demonstrate how to access them. The session will also give examples of how to integrate these resources into the classroom through design projects and information seeking assignments. Don’t let information access be the roadblock to innovation.