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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:

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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.

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Engineering Village not in Discovery 

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.  A guide to this resource can be found here

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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.

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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.

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Estates gazette interactive not in Discovery 

EGi 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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This is a large collection of maths, science, technology and medicine related full-text and bibliographic information.  A guide to this resource can be found here: http://www.libr.port.ac.uk/libguides/LG597.pdf

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Scopus not in Discovery 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. It provides an overview of the world's research output covering the fields of science, technology, medicine, social science and the arts and humanities.

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

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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

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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.

A guide to this resource can be accessed here

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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.

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

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British Standards Online – note that to obtain full text you must click on the special URL which you can find on the Off-Campus Access page. Login using your University login and password, and find the British Standards Online URL. A guide to this resource can be found here: http://www.libr.port.ac.uk/libguides/LG655.pdf

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

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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.

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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.

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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 IHS Standards we have purchased.  Comprehensive source of technical industry standards as well as government and military standards.

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

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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).

General civil engineering material can be found at 624 on the First Floor

construction of buildings
earthquakes: geology
Earthquakes: structural engineering
geology, hydrology, meteorology
project management
sanitary engineering

See also:

You may also find relevant resources listed under: Computing, Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical) and Mathematics.

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