Civil Engineering and Surveying - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Civil Engineering and Surveying:

Indexing databases

Note that the above cover  just one publisher.  (Science Direct, for example, is a database of Elsevier publications).  If you want to do wider searches and literature reviews which draw on the width of the literature, you’ll need to do a little more work and include these indexing databases in your research.  We may not have the full text of these articles (but can obtain them via Inter Library Loan) but you may find the database links through to full text where we have it.

• Engineering Village not in Discovery 

Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).

Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.

A Library Guide to this resource is available.

Indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings for a wide range of topics including mathematics not simply engineering. This includes the Compendex and INSPEC databases as well as a couple of geographical ones. 

• ISURV 

ISURV provides RICS guidance and official documents in relation to the built environment. This resource provides insight from industry practitioners and legal experts to assist in the application of theory to practice.

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Includes references to journal articles, audio-visual materials, books and law reports from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Full text databases

• Construction Information Service not in Discovery 

A key source of up-to-date technical information for the architecture and construction industries.  Information includes building regulations, advice notes, British Standards, government reports as well as journal articles, e.g. from the Architects’ Journal and books such as the Metric Handbook. You can also link out to the AJ website and read digital editions of the Architects' Journal. Watch the video to find out how.

A comprehensive source of technical information for the construction industry from the Royal Institute of British Architects.  Many of the articles, standards and publications indexed can also be viewed online.

Provides access to those Institution of Civil Engineers titles to which we have access.

Full text of technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics

Full text of technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics, however it also includes a lot of civil engineering and surveying material which may be of use.

Archive of the Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers including over 200,000 pages of unique material.

• OnePetro 

OnePetro is an online library of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. Content includes journal articles and conference proceedings.

• Radius Data Exchange not in Discovery 

Radius Data Exchange provides online news, research and information service for the commercial property market. Explore the property market by sector or region. Generate research reports on developments. Will be of use to anyone exploring retail, leisure or property markets or looking at urban regeneration. Previously called Estate Gazette Interactive (or EGi)

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ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.

This is a large collection of maths, science, technology and medicine related full-text and bibliographic information.  

Specialised databases

AccessEngineering is a collection of critical, regularly updated engineering reference information. It includes instructional videos, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools.

• BCIS Online not in Discovery 

The Building Costs Information Service provides independent cost information to the construction industry

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• Engineer-it (IHS) not in Discovery 

Engineer-it provides you with instant access to over 1,800,000 pages of full-text, full colour catalogues, technical data sheets, handbooks, selector guides and manuals from an extensive range of suppliers

• Knovel 

Knovel enables you to manipulate engineering data from a wide range of sources. In addition to full-text ebook content it also provides access to equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs. Its materials database covers everything from mechanical to chemical properties data, corrosion data and material properties. Knovel provides interactive engineering tools that enable data analysis, and specialized data search and taxonomies that make it easy to discover answers to technical questions.

Library Guide to this resource is available.

• TRID: the TRIS and ITRD database not in Discovery 

TRID is an integrated database that combines the records from TRB’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to more than one million records of transportation research worldwide.

You might also want to look at

The Royal Institute of British Architects Library catalogue can be used to find what journal articles and books have been published on your subject

• British Standards Online  (in Library only) not in Discovery 

A database which provides details of tens of thousands of current, draft and withdrawn standards from the UK's national standards body, the British Standards Institution (BSI). 
A Library Guide to this resource is available. 
Use of the University of Portsmouth Library British Standards Online subscription is for educational purposes only.
Excessive downloading and printing of the material is prohibited. For more information on these restrictions please contact the library.

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Contains academic peer-reviewed journal articles as well as professional and trade publications covering a vast range of business topics.  Also includes country overviews, market reports and company swot analyses. 

Searching Business Source Complete video (you will need to self-enrol on the Moodle site to view this video and then click back on the link)

 

Covers all areas of business and management and is particularly useful for civil engineering and surveying subjects which connect with the business world.

• Emerald 

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects include health and safety, management, human resources, engineering, marketing and training.  For the most relevant results, use the advanced search and restrict to case studies or literature reviews.

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects covered include education, management, human resources, marketing and training – will often have engineering related articles.

• Esp@cenet not in Discovery 

Espacenet offers free access to more than 80 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.

• IHS standards store not in Discovery 

Use this commercial site to check the validity of standards across different countries.  Search the Library catalogue for the few HIS Standards we have purchased.

Use this commercial site to check the validity of standards across different countries.  Search the Library catalogue for the few IHS Standards we have purchased.  Comprehensive source of technical industry standards as well as government and military standards.

• Institution of Structural Engineers not in Discovery 

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering.

The NHBC Standards give the technical requirements, performance standards and guidance for the design and construction of new homes acceptable to NHBC (National House Building Council).

Your Subject Team

Timothy Collinson

Faculty Librarian

Email: timothy.collinson@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3224

Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian

Email: Marie.smith@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3339

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