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Knovel: Quick Start Guide: New Users

The purpose of this guide is help VDOT employees find and use Knovel, a “full-text” subscription database available to all VDOT employees by the VDOT Research Library.

New to Knovel?

If you work at VDOT but have never used Knovel before, follow these instructions to get started. 

1. From the Library's Web site or the Library's Online Catalog follow one of the links to Knovel. A handy link for your bookmarks or favorites is:

2. The first time (and only the first time) a new user who has never had a Knovel account goes to the database they will be directed to a "profile" screen that looks like this:

Screen shot of a knovel profile screen.

For VDOT personnel on the VDOT network, Okta will detect and pre-populate the key profile fields as indicated by the arrows (above). You will see that you are automatically recognized "by name." You should see your first name, your last name and your VDOT e-mail address. If you want, you can fill out additional profile fields and save the results.

NOTE: New users will only see this screen one time: The very first time they access Knovel via Okta.

How Do I Know I am Logged In?

Knovel login screen showing VDOT logo and patron name.
You can tell that you are logged in to VDOT's subscription with your Knovel account and not browsing "as guest" by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. 
You should see your name and the VDOT logo, as shown here.  You might also see screens that show "Welcome Virginia Department of Transportation."

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