Selected Resources for: Engineering, Civil

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This subject covers: the technical ways in which the needs of people and natural resources are adapted to the environment. Civil engineering includes the research areas of structural engineering, transportation, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and water resources and technology.

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Article Databases and Indexes

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The Civil Engineering Database (CEDB) is designed to provide easy bibliographic access to all publications of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The database covers ASCE documents published since 1973. It provides access to all the journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals, magazines, and newsletters.

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

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.

Indexes over 11,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Titles of the print equivalent are: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk(*).


Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

ASTIS is a bibliographic database of over 59,000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada. The database, maintained by the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, includes all subjects in the sciences, humanities and social sciences relevant to this part of the world. The database covers the period of 1978 to the present and includes both peer-reviewed and gray literature, government agency reports, industry reports and documents from First Nations and universities. Also includes are research project descriptions based on the licences that all northern field researchers must obtain, journal articles, conference papers, theses and books. Areas of specialization range from traditional knowledge of native peoples to earth sciences to oil and gas technology to languages and literature.

Covers the world literature pertaining to technological and engineering aspects of air and water quality, environmental safety, and energy production. Sources include more than 500 primary journals and over 2,500 additional sources, including monographs and conference proceedings. This database is one component of the Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (ESPM) database. To identify a additional results with a broader scope, consider conducting your search in ESPM.

Index to the worldwide literature of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, paleontology, hydrogeology , hydrology, and mineralogy. Publication types covered include journal articles, books, conference proceedings, government publications, theses, reports, and maps. Provides citations, with a small percentage accompanied by abstracts. Produced by the American Geological Institute.

Combines information on scientific research and government policies in a single resource. Topics are extensively covered from the standpoints of atmosphere, emissions, mathematical models, effects on people and animals, and environmental action in response to global pollution issues. Includes material from conference proceedings and hard-to-find documents, along with information from primary journals in the field. This database is one component of the "Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (ESPM)" database. To identify additional results with a broader scope, consider conducting your search in ESPM.

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.

Includes water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources. Abstracts are drawn from journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports in the physical and life sciences, as well as from engineering, legal and government publications. This database is one component of the "Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (ESPM) database. To identify a additional results with a broader scope, consider conducting your search in ESPM.


General Reference Sources

Dictionaries

VNR Dictionary of Civil Engineering


Handbooks and Manuals

A collection of electronic books on various environmental science and environmental engineering topics.

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.


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.

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

Includes public transit statistics for 1996 and 1997 by mode, subject and transit agency for the United States. Some data by subject goes back about ten years.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Library Information

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