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Engineering: Civil


The Library contacts for Civil engineering are:

Subject Librarian: Romney Adams (Hargrave-Andrew Library)

Learning Skills Adviser: Bei-En Zou (Hargrave-Andrew Library)


Databases provide access to the contents of journal articles, conference papers, theses, patents and other information sources. They form the basis of, or add greater depth to your research. Most 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.

Key Databases
Full text journal collections
A guide to searching databases
  • Australian Transport Index Guide Me  A 10 minute online tutorial that outlines how to build and refine a search strategy using the Australian Transport Index as an example
  • A note about using the Search Strategy form: This form may be filled out online using Adobe software.  In order to fill out your own search strategy, you will need to save a copy first.  If you find the fields that you fill in your strategy not enabled, please go to Edit -> Preferences and ensure the radio button next to PDF/A mode is clicked to Never.  It is envisaged that you can save a copy, and email a copy to your supervisor or librarian for discussion.

Specialised databases for Civil Engineering research groups

Other databases: content is more limited than Compendex or Scopus. 

Note: the TRID and Transport databases both contain content produced by the Transport Research Board of the US and it is easier to see whether full text is available in TRID.  However, the Transport Database search interface provided by OVID, is more sophisticated and offers features such as SFX linking, the ability to build searches using search history and more options for author name searches.

Records downloaded into Endnote from the Transport database may require editing as all records appear as Journal articles regardless of publication type.


Structures handbooks

Specialist dictionaries

Specialist Encyclopedias