Civil Engineering

Your subject page provides links to key subject resources available in the library and online, accessible both on and off campus, a subject guide for your area, guidance on referencing and using information for your studies. 

Subject Resources

Reading Lists

The simplest and quickest way to find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments is to search for the online reading list using your module code. This will link you directly to eBooks and articles in eJournals as well as trustworthy websites.  These lists can also be accessed via SurreyLearn.

Information sources for your subject

Subject databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including journal articles, newspapers and trade papers. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only provide the reference.  

Key databases for Civil Engineering are INSPC, Engineering Village providing access to Compendex, Web of Science and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)

Referencing for your subject 

Literature searching guide 

Additional Resources

Revision and exam papers

Copyright Information

Standards and Patents


Inter-library Loans

Accessing Other Libraries (SCONUL Access)

Specific Subject Resources 

Journals and eJournals (electronic journals)

Journals and ejournal are available in print or online and are published frequently, i.e. monthly, quarterly, journals can be peer reviewed: read by other experts in the field prior to publication.

To help you find journal articles and journals use our SurreySearch facility that will enable you to search a wide range of University of Surrey Library content all in one place.

eBooks (electronic books)

eBooks allow you to access textbooks online either in subject areas or larger collections.  Useful collections for Aeronautical Engineering textbooks are ENGnetBASE, Safari Books online, Ebrary and Knovel.  There are also links to title on SurreySearch to electronic versions of the text - look for the e-link.


Newspapers are available online using the Nexis database. A digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785-1985 is also available online via the subject databases.

Useful web links


Journal TOCs  is a free service which provides Tables of Contents to the latest scholarly journals.

Royal Academy of Engineering is a national academy promoting excellence in engineering.

Bridge Engineering SC Solutions has created this site with the aim of linking to all bridge engineering related subject matter on the net. US Bias.

EELS - Engineering Electronic Library, Sweden Quality assessed Internet resources in the technical sciences.

The Engineer Includes industry news items, an events listing, a company directory and links to websites

Department for transport statistics and other publications are freely available online, as are many other government departmental publications, including legislation.

Virtual Training Suite

The Virtual Training Suite offers free tutorials on Internet research skills to help with your university course.


Water words dictionary covers environmental and building related issues of water.

Paint and coatings glossary is a glossary of technical terms.

FreeCalc applications for engineering design has a range of online calculators for engineering.

Online Textbooks

Environmentally sustainable buildings published in 2003 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Life-cycle assessment in building and construction published in 2003 by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Europe).

Online Lectures

MIT open courseware is provided by one of the leading US universities. You can access course material for civil and environmental engineering from current and previous teaching sessions.

E-Learning Materials

MAST: concrete covers the definition and history of concrete and includes a glossary and references.

Build a bridge includes definitions of different types of bridge and a game to test knowledge of their applications.

Bolt science includes articles on bolt technology as well as a FAQ and glossary.

WSDOT pavement guide includes a series of articles and a glossary of terms.

Engineering subject centre includes resources for civil engineering along with other types of engineering. It is aimed at lecturers and deals with teaching practice.

Open Archives

OpenDOAR is a directory of worldwide institutional repositories.

The Directory of open access journals

Internet Search Tools an Internet gateway for architecture, planning and landscape which includes sections on sustainability, transport, construction, and planning.

Planning portal includes a glossary of planning terms and a guide to the planning process in England and Wales.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) includes a library, a listing of journals, news stories and an events listing as well as details of member companies.

Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) has a listing of publications and information on conferences and events.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is a UK site that has information about careers, qualifications and training. There are details of the latest research, news and links to other construction-related sites.

Federation of Master Builders provides information on issues relating to the construction industry. Although you are only able to access all the information on the site if you subscribe to become a member of the Federation, there is still a lot of information freely available here.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is  the main UK website to visit for all matters relating to health and safety, and is particularly useful for information relating to the construction industry. Here you will find information on accident statistics, free fact sheets on hazards in the industry, information on legislation and a database of companies who have been prosecuted for breaking health and safety laws.

Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) is regarded as the leading independent timber research, consultancy and information provider for the construction industry and the site contains a wealth of information. As long as you are registered on a current course of further education and have an email address, you can register free and can access the entire library of information! Even without registering you can still find fact sheets about timber and its uses, a glossary of key terms and access to company information.

American Society of Civil Engineers this site has abstracts of articles from the Society's magazine and journals. Information on education, careers and also news about civil engineering in the USA is provided.

ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) conference listing and NCE (New Civil Engineer magazine) events include listings of forthcoming events.

ZETOC: z-electronic table of contents is a searchable database of the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents. This includes around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year dating back to 1993, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service.

Social Media

Not only bridges is a provided by an engineer working in Spain

Civil engineers discussion forum has fairly low traffic, but does stay on topic.

Youtube education includes videos of lectures from universities (currently mostly American universities). A search for "construction engineering" produces a wide range of useful results.

A bridge to somewhere: real life engineering with Second Life tools An article on the use of Second Life by engineers.

Email discussion lists

JISCmail is the national academic mailing service for the UK. Check its directories for relevant lists. It is possible to search descriptions of lists and archived messages before you decide to sign up.

JISCmail lists relevant to Civil Engineering include:

  •  FRP-construction mailing list covers the use of FRP (Fibre Reinforced Composite) materials in construction and concrete in particular as structural reinforcement or for repair/strengthening.
  • Urban drainage provides a discussion forum for those working in all aspects of low-cost sewerage in both industrialised and developing countries. The aim is to facilitate information sharing and to promote collaborative working, joint problem solving and mutual support.
  •  Engineering-geotech is aimed at geotechnical engineers in research and industry. It covers soil mechanics and related fields, such as soil science; foundation design; soil works; physical and numerical modelling; and environmental geotechnology.
  •  Water-and-san-applied-research list covers applied research in the water supply and sanitation sector as part of the development plans for GARNET (the Global Applied Research Network) initiated by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

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