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Material Connexion

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
Material Connexion
Material Connexion
Frequency of Updates:
On going.

Material Connexionis a unique and comprehensive resource currently comprised of more than 4,500 materials and processes, and growing at a rate of more than 30 materials per month. The company is unique in its methodology of selecting and cataloguing materials. The Material Connexion staff is engaged in an ongoing search for the most innovative materials available: they attend the latest industry trade shows, keep current with known research operations and manufacturers, as well as sift through numerous material samples that are submitted to them.

Each month a jury is convened to judge a selection of the staffs' recent choices. Each material is judged on a number of different criteria to determine its appropriateness for the library/database, the primary criteria being innovation in some form. Does the material do something no other material does? Is it made from better raw materials? Is less energy expended in the creation of the material versus similar materials?

The information, including high-quality photographs, and company/vendor contact information is also placed into our digital database that can be accessed online. This not only provides access for those without convenient access to a physical iteration of the Material Connexion library, but it also provides all users with the ability to search all of the materials by keyword, material type, manufacturer name, and manufacturer location. The eight material processes include: polymers; cement-based materials; glass; metals; ceramics; natural materials; carbon-based materials; processes.

Number of Users:
Interlibrary Loan:
Not Permitted
Resource Advocate:
Keogh, Kristina
SFX Source:
Federated Search:

IUB Library Subjects:
  • Interior Design
  • Telecommunications
  • Environmental Science
  • Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design
  • Theatre and Drama
  • Art & Art History

Library of Congress Subjects:

Materials -- Technological innovations.
Architecture and technology.
Design and technology.