See a complete list of databases arranged alphabetically and by subject.
'Quick search techniques' to find one or two relevant articles to get you started on your research journey.
Comprehensive search techniques - when you need to search the literature more exhaustively.
A comprehensive search can be built step by step using the 'search history' function of the database. Here you explore 'combinations of keywords' to represent multiple 'key concepts' of your research topic. 'Subject headings' are the 'official terms' the database uses to define the subject matter of the article. Here a searcher can further refine the search by choosing relevant subject headings and thus, increase the focus or relevancy of the records retrieved. Subject headings referred to as 'controlled vocabulary' are available in Compendex. Subject headings are also available in ATRI which is a smaller database containing some unique research from Australia on transport.
Another approach is to use Citation tracking also referred to as 'chaining', ie. articles that link often by related topic by referring to each other either as
Rather than exploring various 'combinations of keywords' that define each 'key concept' of your research topic, Citation tracking can be used to find other articles that either cite your original article - ie. articles published since your
Here is a list of other databases. The database content is smaller than Compendex or Scopus. However, this database list will contain some unique content.
Retrospective indexes and abstracts
The two main formats of full text are HTML and pdf.
Databases provide access to the contents of journal articles, conference papers, these, patents and other information sources. They form the basis of, or add greater depth to your research. Most of databases provide links to full text sources where the library holds a subscription. Content not available in full text online may be held in the library in hard copy.
Databases allow keyword searching of article titles, abstracts, and subject headings / descriptors.
Full-text journal collections allow keyword searching of articles, abstracts, subject headings/descriptors, and the full-text of articles as well.
|Collection||About the collection|
(Key Civil Engineering content)
|Comprehensive online database for locating journal articles of interest, and conference proceedings, across all disciplines of civil engineering. The ASCE library (American Society of Civil Engineering) includes ASCE conference proceedings beginning in 1998, and all ASCE journal and periodical volumes published since 1995.|
(Key Civil Engineering content)
Full-text database of the publications of the Institution of Civil Engineers (British)
"Covering every major civil and structural engineering discipline, ICE journals are a comprehensive source of expertise for everyone in civil engineering."--Publisher description. Note: there is also access to books, such as the esteemed Thomas Telford publications. To access these, choose the Books tab: on the horizontal menu bar.
|IEEE Xplore||A full-text database in the disciplines of electrical and electronics engineering provided by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and The Institution of Electrical Engineers|
|Informaworld||The specialist publications of Taylor & Francis|
|ScienceDirect||Scientific, technical and medical information online published by Elsevier. It includes peer-reviewed journals, book series, and reference works|
Provides full-text access to journals published and distributed by the American Institute of Physics as well as Acoustical Society of America journals
|SPIE Digital Library||SPIE is the International Society for Optical Engineering. The Digital Library includes over 100 ebooks, six refereed journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. More than 17,000 new research papers are added annually. Subject areas include optics, photonics, and imaging engineering|
provides full-text access to Springer journals and book series. Subject coverage includes engineering, and mathematics
|Wiley InterScience||provides full-text to Wiley journals, e-books, and major reference work.Subject coverage includes engineering, medicine and science|
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