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Subject Librarian:

Allison Langham

This subject covers: the economics, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and administration of transit systems, highways, railroads, airways, pipelines, and transmission lines.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Search both Inspec and Compendex for articles and conference papers related to engineering, computer science, and physics.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

An abstract and citation database with a single search platform searching content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics, and relevant Web content.

Produced by the 25-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), headquartered in Paris, together with the United States' Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the 31 nations of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT), Transport indexes journal articles, technical reports and conference papers on surface transportation systems including marine transportation and their components including highway, traffic, transport, road safety, and economic and social aspects of transportation systems.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 4 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

This database, produced at Northwestern University, contains citation and location information for journal articles, conference papers, and other materials on all modes of transportation (air, rail, highway, water, pipeline) and law enforcement. Some materials may be held in the collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Check MNCAT for those holdings.

Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Find help on their website.

Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:

  • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
  • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
  • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
  • CRS Reports 1916-Present
  • Hearings 1824-Present
  • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
  • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
  • Serial Set 1789-Present
  • Executive Branch Documents 1789-1945

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Indexes, Other

Catalog of transportation-related books and other materials held in government, university and other transportation libraries

General Reference Sources


A dictionary of transportation acronyms. Searchable by acronym and definition.

A searchable and browsable dictionary of transporation terms from the U.S. Department of Trasnsportation.


This listing is a collection of various associations, unions, and societies around the world. It has been compiled by the National Transportation Library's Librarian to assist in locating organizations related to every aspect of transportation.

General Reference Works

Knovel provides online access to reference books, databases, and conference proceedings from a number of publishers that cover all areas of engineering and includes content relevant to related sciences (e.g., chemistry and earth sciences). It includes interactive graphs and tables and is a good starting point when you need a piece of data quickly.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Includes links to "major US Department of Transportation and other resources that provide an overview of the transportation system and the transportation community."

This list, maintained by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, covers Minnesota related transportation WWW sites, federal information, industry news, research, statistical sites and more.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Mn/DOT develops and implements policies, plans and programs for aeronautics, highways, motor carriers, ports, public transit and railroads.

Provides access to the NTL's repsoitory of full-text reports and regulations on a wide range of transportation topics, including aviation, bicycles, congestion, freight, GIS, high speed ground transportation, history, transit, travel demand forecasting, and more.

Transportation Research Board is a joint effort of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council. The board works to resolve critical transportation issues facing the nation. Studies have examined highway speed limits, school bus safety, railroad tank car precautions, and ways to reduce crowded conditions at airports.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

Provides updated data, graphs and charts on nationwide transportation statistics. Published by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Current and historical statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation on transportation-related subjects including transportation as it relates to safety, the economy, energy, and the environment.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

Walter Library
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Circulation: (612) 624-3366; Reference: (612) 624-0224