Jennifer "JJ" Harbster
Research Support Services
Subject Specialist Librarian
Welcome to the library subject guide for Civil and Environmental Engineering! UC Davis Library provides a wealth of subscription and licensed resources that can help students, faculty, and researchers identify articles, proceedings, reports, standards, and books in a print or electronic format. The following guide will point you to a selection of specialized and related resources in the civil and environmental engineering fields.
There are numerous databases to help support your research in civil and environmental areas of study. Depending upon your topic and purpose you might want to focus on multidisciplinary databases (e.g. Web of Science), an engineering specific database (e.g. Compendex), or a specialized database (e.g. Earthquake Engineering Abstracts/ Environmental Engineering Abstracts). If you do not know where to start, look at a multidisciplinary database such as Web of Science or Ask a librarian for recommendations.
Use Web of Science to find scholarly papers in all disciplines, including civil and environmental engineering. This database can also be used to identify articles that cite an author or article that you specify.
Indexes journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, and book series in the sciences and more.
The CEDB provides access to over 97,000 Bibliographic and Abstracted Records to the ASCE digital library.
This digital library covers the proceedings, journals, and books of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature, containing references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences.
Covers the world literature in earthquake engineering. Contents include selected technical reports,conference papers, monographs, and journal articles.
QUAKELINE® is a bibliographic database that covers earthquakes, earthquake engineering, natural hazard and disaster mitigation, and related topics.
This interdisciplinary resource supports engineering research in fields of civil, mechanical, environmental, earthquake, mechanical, and transportation.
Covers the world literature pertaining to technological and engineering aspects of air and water quality, environmental safety, and energy production
GeoRef indexes and abstracts the worldwide literature on geology, including information on energy sources, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, groundwater pollution, nuclear reactor sites, landslides, and erosion, as well as the history of the earth, the structure of the earth, the study of ore deposits, and geostatistics.
The TRB Publications Index contains over 17,000 annotated citations for all Transportation Research Board and Strategic Highway Research Program publications from the mid 1970s until present.
TRID covers transportation research from ITRD and TRIS. It includes TRB publications going back to 1923, including Highway Research Board, SHRP, and Marine Board publications. Also indexed are Environmental Impact Statements, theses, reports, and research in progress. TRID is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information, covering all modes and disciplines of transportation.
Articles from popular magazines and scholarly journals for the humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, engineering, business and interdisciplinary fields, with over 5,500 full-text periodicals. Also includes indexing for some newspapers, books and primary sources.
Library Catalog (formerly Harvest Catalog)
The Library Catalog tells you what the UC Davis library owns, what the call number is, where it is located, and whether or not it is checked out. If there is an electronic version that we subscribe to, the link will be in the catalog.
Use the catalog to locate books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and any other materials the library owns.
The MELVYL catalog tells you what all UC campus libraries own, and also searches other institutions. As with the UCD Library Catalog, MELVYL gives records for books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and other materials.
MELVYL does index some articles but is not a good option for searching for articles in the sciences.
The REQUEST button: allows you to request items from other institutions (UC and non-UC).
Library catalogs only search catalog entries (author, title, subject indexing, etc) not the full text of the book
Google Books searches full-text of books (only titles that Google has scanned), but you cannot access most of them (because they are still under copyright)
But you can use Google Books to identify titles you might be interested in.
–Use Google Books to search for phrases or topics you are intereted in (works well for technical terms).
–Then search for the title of the book(s) in the UCD Library Catalog or Melvyl
OCLC catalog: millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide. Coverage: 1000 A.D. to the present.
NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTRL indexes government-sponsored research, development and technical reports and provides full-text access to reports that have been digitized.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center Library hosts an online digital repository of ERDC reports, publications, and more. Search Digital Reports and Publications .
DTIC helps the Department of Defense (DoD) community access pertinent scientific and technical information to meet mission needs more effectively.
A collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975.
SciTech Connect consolidates the contents of OSTI’s Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database. Provides free public access to over 230,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991-present and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees.
The materials in this repository include information by and about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Most materials were published by USACE, but some collections contain materials by other government agencies written about USACE.
The database provides access to the publications of the USGS and includes references to U.S. Geological Survey reports and maps published from 1880 to date.
Search the Environmental Protection Agency Web site or search the EPA National Catalog for EPA technical publications and reports.
Below is a selected list of civil engineering handbooks available online, other editions may be available in print at PSE Library. Check library catalog or Ask a librarian
Also check CRCNet Base – CivilENGEERINGnetBase collection for online CEE related handbooks published by CRC press.
Individual UCD ECE dissertations and masters theses are cataloged in the Library of Catalog — search for “Dissertations Academic University of California Davis electrical engineering”
This page describes how to locate and access UCD titles.
The Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI) database is the authoritative source for finding doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. It also provides access to the full-text of all dissertations from University of California campuses since the late 1990s.
Dissertations & theses from 31 USA colleges & universities, including Ohio State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and North Carolina State University. This is a small subset of published dissertations & theses, but does include some that are not indexed elsewhere. Use in conjunction with other databases such as Dissertations & Theses and PQDT Open.
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
You can Ask a librarian for help if you experience any problems accessing a dissertation or thesis in print or online.
Standards and specifications are documents that describe and/or recommend a set of rules and conditions for how materials and products should be manufactured, defined, measured, or tested. Standards are used to establish minimum levels of performance and quality and optimal conditions and procedures for the purpose of ensuring compatibility of products and services from different sources. Specifications tend to have more limited applications than standards and generally establish requirements for materials, products, or services. Standards and specifications may be issued by voluntary technical or trade associations, professional societies, national standards bodies, government agencies, or by international organizations.
Tools for Managing Citations
Learn how to use and cite information in your papers and projects.
The campus has a licensed subscription to Endnote, which is a bibliographic manager program that is available as software and as a web-based version. Many people use Endnote because of its compatibility with Microsoft Word. The libraries offer help and classes on Endnote.
Will you be starting a project from scratch that will require your attention for months, even years OR are you continuing a project started by somebody else?
The Data Management Program is here to help make both of these situations less painful. We can help you with
Note: many funding agencies require that you provide open access to your data!
The UC Davis Library’s GIS Data Curator provides Drop-In Hours on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 in the Map Room on the lower level of Shields Library. This time is set aside for any and all questions about spatial data, from simple to complex. Library patrons are always welcome to make an appointment for another time with the GIS Data Curator, Michele Tobias, to discuss spatial data.
UC Davis affiliates can sign up for email lists through the UC Davis Information & Educational Technology’s Sympa list serve manager. The “Geospatial” email list is a widely-used list for UC Davis faculty, students, staff, and local community members who work with any type of geospatial data. The list can be used for announcements or questions.
The geospatial industry has a number of established, well-respected, and long running free and open source projects that may suit the needs of researchers and students. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation oversees many of these projects, including QGIS (which runs on Mac, Linux, and Windows).
Esri’s ArcGIS suite of software is available to any UC Davis affiliate. Information on product availability, and licensing guides can be found at http://arcgis.ucdavis.edu
The lower level of Shields Library has one GIS workstation that UC Davis students, faculty, researchers, and other staff may to use for a maximum of two hours per day. The workstation room is located near, but outside the Map Room and is open the same hours as the Library. The workstation has the full suite of ArcGIS 10 software (available to campus affiliates) and QGIS 3 (available to anyone).
An 11″ x 17″ color scanner is available for maps and aerial photography.