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Civil Engineering: Getting Started

a guide to resources for Civil Engineering

Getting Started

How to use this guide:

This guide provides civil engineering majors, graduate students and faculty with links to the best library and internet resources.  Also includes recommendations for doing a rigourous literature review, how to stay current in your area, and using citation management software. 


The TABS on this guide:

Resources tells you what resources to use to find the information you need.  Organized by the type of literature used by civil engineers; on each sub-page, we'll link you to the best library and internet resources for that document type; many of these resources have instructions or tutorials for effective searching.    

Information Research Skills contains step-by-step instructions for "how to" find an item from its citation, find material properties, search the literature and keeping current.    

Communication Tools has information about citation management, where to find writing assistance for your assignments, and poster design tips.  

Library Services tells about our the Ask a Librarian, Interlibrary Loan, and Document Delivery services plus how to stay up-to-date on new material being added to the ASU Libraries. 

Need Help?

Use our ASK A LIBRARIAN service: 

  • In-Person
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Chat 


OR Contact your engineering librarian directly ...

Linda Shackle
Engineering Librarian for SBHSE, SEMTE, SSEBE
Tempe campus
​Noble Science & Engineering  Library
Room 162

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Library One Search 
An interdisciplinary database for finding books, journal articles, films and more at the ASU Libraries. 

EI Compendex/Inspec
Indexes to journal articles and conference papers for all areas of engineering, physics and computing.

A full text database of handbooks, encyclopedias and manuals for most areas of engineering.  Great place to find quick facts, formulas and properties of materials. 

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