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Library and Internet resources for construction topics.

How to Find Books About Construction Topics

To Find Books in the ASU Library: 

  • Use the ASU Library's Catalog 
    • To find a specific book, use the Title or Author search.

    • To find books on a construction topic, use a Keywordsearch such as:
      • adobe and construction
      • building and estimates
  • Use the ASU Library's One Search
    Search titles, keywords or authors in the single search box; an advanced search feature is also available.  Use the options in One Search's left column to limit the results to books/e-books, conference publications, etc. or any combination of these.


To Find Books In Other Libraries:   

If the ASU Library doesn't have the book that you need, request the book via our Interlibrary Loan Service.


Electronic Books:

Most of our electronic books are listed in the catalog, however, to search the full text of a book, use the native search engine for these collections (see links below).  All of our scholarly books are viewable online, primarily in PDF.   A few titles are available in the Adobe Digital Edition format for limited time downloading onto an e-reader or tablet; download availability is noted on the book and requires  a personal computer with the ADE software and account registration with the vendor.    

  • Knovel
    Over 3,000 science and engineering handbooks in which you can find introductory materials for engineering topics, plus facts, formulas, and property data.  Viewable online in PDF only; single chapters and pages may be downloaded.
  • Ebrary
    Books from major publishers in all subject areas. Viewable online in PDF; single chapters and pages may be downloaded.  Some titles are available in ADE format.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    A  collection of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Viewable in PDF only; single chapter and pages may be downloaded.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    Books from major publishers in all subject areas.
  • Google Books 
    Most books copyrighted after 1925 are not viewable in full text on Google Books; use the "Find In a Library" link on the Google page to determine if a copy of the book is available in the ASU Library.

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