For years, students have had to search through volume after volume of books before finding the right formula — but no more. Josephine says that "with books being digitized and available through full text search capabilities, they can find that formula quite easily."
Keller expects that, eventually, there won't be any books on the shelves at all.
Given the nature of engineering, that actually comes in handy. Engineering uses some basic formulas but is generally a rapidly changing field — particularly in specialties such as software and bioengineering. Traditional textbooks have rarely been able to keep up.
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"It allows our faculty to change examples," he says," to put in new homework problems ... and lectures and things like that in almost a real-time way.
According to a survey by the Association of Research Libraries, American libraries are spending more of their money on electronic resources and less on books.
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