SOIL – STEM Oriented Information Literacy

Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil ca. 2000

Welcome to SOIL!

For information about visiting the UT Libraries as a high school class and getting access to research tips, please visit the Visiting High Schools Research Guide at

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As the need for innovative, intelligent members of today’s workforce continues to rise, it is our intent at the University Libraries to provide quality resources in these increasingly important subject areas.

What is STEAM?

The future of STEM is STEAM – STEM plus Art and Design. STEAM is widely being adopted by school and universities. The objectives of the STEAM movement are to place Art and Design at the center of STEM, to encourage Art and Design education, and to influence employers to hire Artists and Designers to drive innovation. If you’re interested in learning more about STEAM, visit

How do I use this site?

This site was designed to meet the information needs of STEM students and teachers. It includes links to library collections available to those living in the Knox County area, as well as collections available virtually. The library is a good place to supplement the concepts being taught in the classroom.

Please take time to look over this site! Know that the University Libraries is excited to help you grow in your science, technology, engineering and math education!

What is B.O.S.S.?

Big Orange STEM Symposium: High School Outreach

The program introduced the students to careers and research exploration in STEM disciplines through active engagement, networking, and hands-on demonstrations from experts in the field and community.
Check back on the B.O.S.S. website at for registration and agenda information about next year’s program.