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2012 Knovel University Challenge

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2012 Knovel University Challenge: More Questions, More Prizes!

The Challenge Has Begun!

Dates of the Contest: September 10 – December 1, 2012

Every year, the Knovel University Challenge allows students to compete for prizes while learning how to use Knovel, an engineering database and research tool that the UB Libraries subscribe to in order to make available the full-text of over 1,000 engineering handbooks that can help you with your homework and research.

Last year, students from more than 600 universities worldwide submitted more than 12,000 entries and a UB ENGINEERING STUDENT WAS THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER, taking home an iPad. We also had another UB engineering student win one of the contest-within-a-contest prizes. Let’s win again this year!

AND, this year there are even more opportunities to win, with new questions EVERY WEEK, and weekly prizes awarded as well. See below for the details.

What’s New: For the first time ever, there will be new questions and new winners EVERY WEEK, so there are even more opportunities for students to play and win great prizes, like Beats Audio earphones valued at $150 each and more. Knovel will also continue to award a randomly selected grand prize winner and the contest within the contest to schools with the highest number of participating students.

Who Should Play: The challenge is open to current engineering and science students. The only requirement is that you must use Knovel to answer the questions.

How to Play: Go to: and click on the PLAY NOW button.

Note: There should be no need to log in to Knovel if you are on campus. If you are trying to access Knovel from off-campus, you should go instead to: and from this page click on the name of the database: Knovel E-Books: Science and Engineering. It will ask you to authenticate with your UBIT name and password and then pass you in. Once connected, click on the University Challenge banner at the top of the screen. Also, if coming in from off-campus, if you usually run VPN (UB’s virtual proxy network software), turn it off. It interferes with authenticating/accessing library-subscription databases like Knovel.

Let the Games begin!

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