Civil and Environmental Engineering search tools

Standards and Eurocodes

British Standards Online
Includes full text access to British, European, ISO and IEC standards. FileOpen plugin is required to download standards. Please see the further instructions here. FileOpen is already installed on all College computers.

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library 
Includes the full text of ASTM standards, STPs , monographs and journals.

Maps and GIS data

Contains Geology, OS and Marine maps and data as well as Aerial imagery and data of Great Britain.

Articles, papers and reports

Engineering Village 
Most comprehensive database of engineering research including  civil, geology, pollution and wastes, transportation and water and waterworks. Available 1884 – present. It can be used to filter search results for specific values, less than/greater than or number ranges for a range of parameters (e.g. size, frequency, electrical resistance and many more).

Multidisciplinary database. Available 1823 – present, although majority of content is from 1996 – present. Includes citation links.

Web of Science
Multidisciplinary database covering peer-reviewed journals. Available 1970 – present. Includes citation links.

Construction Information Service
Gives you access to key technical information and reports from UK engineering organisations and government agencies such as IStructE, CIRIA,SCI, The Concrete Society, BRE, TRL and more.  NOTE: To use Construction Information Service you will need to register with your college email address and log in each time to access content via this resource.

Transport Database (Select database from list)
Combines the following databases:

  • Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) from TRB
  • International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) from OECD

Coverage includes: highways construction, traffic, transport, road safety, intermodal transport, environmental effects of transport, transport economics, transport policy and social sciences of transportation.

ASCE Library
Full text access to all ASCE scholarly journals plus additional material (e.g. some ASCE conference papers).

ICE Virtual Library
Full text access to books and journals including ICE Proceedings, Geotechnique and Structural Concrete.

Civil Engineering Database
Over 100,000 records from ASCE published journals and conference proceedings. Coverage is from 1970 to the present.

OnePetroProvides access to technical papers in the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry produced by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as well as other organisations including the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA), the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) and the World Petroleum Council (WPC).

Focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

EBSCOhost Business Source Ultimate
Contains Business publications as well industry and trade magazines.

Full-text access to over 10,000 news, business and industry publications worldwide.


ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Abstracts and some full text of theses and dissertations from around the world.

Design data

ESDU – Engineering Science Data Unit
ESDU International provides validated engineering design data, methods and software. There are over 1,350 design guides with supporting software covering engineering structures, wind engineering, and stress and strength.


Department for Transport: Transport Statistics
UK official transport statistics website, including Road Traffic statistics, Road Casualties in Great Britain etc.

UK Data Service 
Contains social and economic data including National Travel Survey (NTS) and international macrodata (from IEA, IMF, OECD)

Official website of the Statistical Office of the European Communities, providing access to EU-wide statistics relating to many subjects, including transport and energy.

Office for National Statistics
UK national statistics website, including travel and economic statistics.