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Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Ginny Franklin

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What is this guide?

This guide is where you can find out about Library resources relevant to the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.

Engineers need to work with quality and validated information materials. Very often you need niche search engines to locate this kind of information. If you don’t know what these niche search engines are, read on via the tabs at the top!

Search engines for Civil Eng and Transport programmes

  • Library catalogue  Find books and journals held by Loughborough University Library.

Niche search engines: (download the VPN client to search off campus)

  • Geobase  Covers earth sciences, ecology, geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.  
  • ICE Virtual Library  Publications from the Institution of Civil Engineers on buildings and structures, coastal and offshore engineering, development, planning and urban engineering, energy, geotechnical engineering, health and safety, law and contracts, leadership and management, transportation, water engineering and wastewater management.

Specialised multidisciplinary: (download the VPN client to search off campus)

  • British Standards online select Institutional login, enter Athens details. A standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards.
  • Business Source Complete  Covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, finance, economics and industry news.
  • Compendex  Covers 190 engineering disciplines and applied science.
  • Digimap  Maps and geospatial data from the Ordnance Survey (OS), the British Geological Survey (BGS), Landmark Historic maps, Seazone marine mapping, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Getmapping aerial imagery. Digimap Roam; Data Download; Historic Digimap; Geology Digimap; Environment Digimap, Aerial Collection. 
  • EconLit  Covers every area related to economics.
  • Emerald  Covers a range of subjects including engineering, property management and built environment.
  • IBISWorld market research reports  Key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.
  • Lexis Law and Legal information  Covers legal cases, legislation, commentary, forms and precedents.
  • Mintel market research reports  Market reports on a range of sectors including automotive, travel and leisure industries in the UK.
  • Nexis news  Industry, company, people and country news from around the world.
  • Scopus  Interdisciplinary scientific data and literature from around the world.
  • Web of Science  Covers a variety of disciplines including engineering, materials sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, biomedical and health sciences.
  • Westlaw  Covers legal cases, legislation and journals such as Construction Law Journal, Construction Newsletter and Journal of Planning and Environmental Law.

Search engines for AEDM, Architecture, CEM & CMQS programmes

  • Library catalogue  Find books and journals held by Loughborough University Library.

Niche search engines: (download the VPN client to search off campus)

  • Art & Architecture Source  Covers various areas of architecture and architectural design as well as fine, decorative and commercial art.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals  Includes joural articles on architecture and design as well as bibliographic descriptions on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration.
  • Birkhäuser Building Types online  Collection of architectural drawings and photos, case studies and thematic articles on specific aspects of a wide range of building types including housing, schools, offices, museums, sacred buildings and more.
  • CIS (Construction Information Service)  Aimed at professionals working in architecture, planning and development, surveying, engineering, landscape, building control, building specification, construction management, building and civil engineering. Publications from industry and government organisations including BRE, BSRIA, CIOB, CIBSE, CIRIA, Highways Agency and Transport Research Laboratory. 
  • Detail Magazine  Architecture and contructional details of buildings from around the world.
 Specialised multidisciplinary: (download the VPN client to search off campus) 
  • British Standards online select Institutional login, enter Athens details. A standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards.
  • Business Source Complete  Covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, finance, economics and industry news.  
  • Compendex  Covers 190 engineering disciplines and applied science.
  • Digimap  Maps and geospatial data from the Ordnance Survey (OS), the British Geological Survey (BGS), Landmark Historic maps, Seazone marine mapping, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Getmapping aerial imagery. Digimap Roam; Data Download; Historic Digimap; Geology Digimap; Environment Digimap, Aerial Collection. 
  • EconLit  Covers every area related to economics.
  • Emerald  Covers a range of subjects including engineering, property management and built environment.
  • IBISWorld market research reports  Key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.
  • Lexis Law & Legal Information  Covers legal cases, legislation, commentary, forms and precedents.
  • Mintel market research reports  Market reports on a range of sectors including automotive, travel and leisure industries in the UK.
  • Nexis news  Industry, company, people and country news from around the world.
  • Scopus  Interdisciplinary scientific data and literature from around the world.
  • Web of Science  Covers a variety of disciplines including engineering, materials sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, biomedical and health sciences.
  • Westlaw  Covers legal cases, legislation and journals such as Construction Law Journal, Construction Newsletter and Journal of Planning and Environmental Law.

Search engines for WEDC

  • Library catalogue  Find books and journals held by Loughborough University Library.

Niche search engines: (download the VPN client to search off campus)

  • Geobase  Covers earth sciences, ecology, geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.  

Specialised multidisciplinary: (download the VPN client to search off campus)

  • British Standards online select Institutional login, enter Athens details. A standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards.
  • Business Source Complete  Covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, finance, economics and industry news. 
  • Compendex  Covers 190 engineering disciplines and applied science.
  • Digimap  Maps and geospatial data from the Ordnance Survey (OS), the British Geological Survey (BGS), Landmark Historic maps, Seazone marine mapping, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Getmapping aerial imagery. Digimap Roam; Data Download; Historic Digimap; Geology Digimap; Environment Digimap, Aerial Collection. 
  • Emerald  Covers a range of subjects including engineering, property management and built environment.
  • IBISWorld market research reports  Key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.
  • Lexis Law & Legal Information  Covers legal cases, legislation, commentary, forms and precedents.
  • Mintel market research reports  Market reports on a range of sectors including automotive, travel and leisure industries in the UK.
  • Nexis news  Industry, company, people and country news from around the world.
  • Scopus  Interdisciplinary scientific data and literature from around the world.
  • Web of Science  Covers a variety of disciplines including engineering, materials sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, biomedical and health sciences.