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Civil Engineering: Finding Engineering Articles

Choosing a Database

  • Science Direct: Contains original research articles in science, technology, engineering and medicine, as well as a selection of  journals in the social sciences, humanities and business.  Articles tend to be very technical. Full text starts in 1995.
  • Engineering VillageThe most comprehensive index of engineering research available, going back over 120 years.  (Most citations do not include full text articles, go here to learn how to find out if an article's full text is available through the UDM Libraries.)
  • Wiley Online Libraryan interdisciplinary database including many full text engineering and technology articles
  • ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers Journalsincludes scholarly and practical articles related to civil engineering
    • Full text is available for the following six ASCE journals:
      • Journal of Architectural Engineering (1995-present)
      • Journal of Environmental Engineering (1983-present)
      • Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (1983-present)
      • Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (1983-present)
      • Journal of Infrastructure Systems  (1995-present)
      • Journal of  Materials in Civil Engineering (1989-present)

Citing Articles.

Remember to give credit to the original source when you use someone else's work or idea, whether you use a direct quote or paraphrase.  Most style guides require some form of citation in the text of your paper as well as at the end in a bibliography or list of references.

Purdue Online Writing Center (OWL): The Purdue OWL offers detailed instructions and examples of how to write and cite in MLA or APA format.


Citation Machine: A free, quick, and easy to use citation generator that work for APA, Chicago, and MLA styles.


RefWorks: Use RefWorks to keep track of the articles you find as you do your library research, and use it again as you write to format your entire paper, inserting quotations and creating a list of references at the end.