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Engineering: Civil


Your Library contact for Civil Engineering is Romney Adams (Hargrave-Andrew Library)

Send Romney an email if you have any questions about finding and accessing information, or about using specialised searching platforms (i.e. databases). You can also ask at our online Library Research Skills Sessions.


Introductory resources provide an overview of various Engineering concepts, methods, processes, and theories, and include books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. These resources are an authoritative source of information, but are easier to read compared to research articles published in journals.

Most of our introductory resources are available online, though you can browse for physical items via Library Search.

Platforms containing Introductory Resources for Engineering

Introductory Resources Relating to the Department of Civil Engineering's Research Themes

The Library subscribes to a variety of databases, which are platforms you can use to search for academic content from a variety of sources. Think of databases as Netflix, and Google as free-to-air TV.

Some databases contain a large amount content from a range of disciplines and publishers, others are publisher- or discipline-specific. Because of this, larger databases will have some content overlap - but they will each contain unique materials.

Usually, databases will connect you with a full-text PDF copy of an article, but some materials aren't available online. If there is anything you can't access, contact your Subject Librarian for Civil Engineering.

Key Databases for Engineering Research

The Library subscribes to a variety of journals that publish articles relating to the Department of Civil Engineering's research themes. Use BrowZine to browse for peer-reviewed journals that publish research across the following areas:

Resilience, Infrastructure, and Society

Access articles published in journals covering research in Construction Engineering, and Structural Engineering, including...

Energy, Water, and Resources

Access articles published in journals covering research in Geotechnical Engineering, and Hydraulic & Hydrologic Engineering, including...

Monitoring, Prediction, and Protection

Access articles published in journals covering research in Environmental Engineering, and Transportation Engineering, including...

Browsing popular magazines in your research field can be a great way to keep up to date with new developments, and introduce yourself to new concepts and topics you may not be familiar with. Below are some key popular/magazine titles published by various professional societies related to civil engineering. 

Note: These magazines are not peer-reviewed journals, and cannot be used as a scholarly/academic source in your research.