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Civil and Structural Engineering: Key databases

Searching the key databases

For a comprehensive search of the research literature use one or more of the key databases (below).

The databases allow you to find information about articles and papers, but often they do not include the PDFs of the articles. You can use the QConnect service to link to the full-text of articles and papers in the library's subscriptions.

Please note: The key databases cover many more items than are included in the Library's subscriptions. If you find a paper which you cannot access online because the library doesn't subscribe to it, you may be able to request a copy via the Inter-Library Loans service.

Key databases

Scopus is the world's largest bibliographic and citation database. It covers nearly 20,000 academic journals from a wide range of subjects and it is particularly useful for researching engineering-related topics. Does not include PDFs of indexed literature. Please use QConnect to link to article PDFs.

Scopus tutorials (video / text-only)

The Web of Science gives access to citation databases, journals and conference proceedings with current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts, and humanities. A good complement to Scopus. Does not include PDFs of indexed literature. Please use QConnect to link to article PDFs.

Web of Science Tutorial: Web of Science - Search Tips (YouTube)

The Construction Information Service provides access to a wide range of technical documents, JCT contracts, reports and publications from professional bodies related to UK building regulations, construction management, building and landscape design. PDFs of most indexed sources are available for download.

Find out how to sign in to the Construction Information Service on the Technical papers, reports, contracts tab of this guide.

The Planning, Architecture and Design Database Ireland (PADDI) provides bibliographic details of journal articles, books and book chapters on all aspects of the built environment in Ireland, North and South. Does not include PDFs of indexed literature.

PADDI tutorial (YouTube)

ABI/Inform Global is a comprehensive business database providing access to a wide range of journals and working paper series. Useful for researching commercial aspects of construction. PDFs of many indexed sources are available for download.

Business Source Premier  provides access to more than 2,000 business journals. Company information and market research literature is also available. Useful for researching commercial aspects of construction. PDFs of many indexed sources are available for download.

Access is via the Engineering Village platform. Comprehensive engineering database indexing journals and conference proceedings on all aspects of civil engineering published between 1884 and 1969. Search Scopus or the Web of Science for more recent content. Does not include PDFs of indexed literature. Please use QConnect to link to article PDFs.

Specify-it is a continually updated database of full text catalogues and technical specifications from UK suppliers (and overseas suppliers with recognised UK agents) of building components and equipment for the construction industry.

Accessing Databases

Many of the resources on this page are subscription databases.

On-campus, students and staff will usually have free guest user access.

To access databases from off-campus:

  • Always use links from the Library catalogue, a Subject Guide or the Databases A-Z list. This will allow you to sign in for remote access.
  • A Queen's authentication screen will open for all off-campus access
  • Enter your Queen's University ID card number and password to sign in

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