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Civil Engineering

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.  It also includes recommendations for doing a rigorous literature review, how to stay current in your area, and using citation management software. 

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The SIDE HEADINGS on this guide include:

Keeping Current shows how to set up alerts and rss feeds in your favorite journals and indexing services so you're automatically notified of newly published material in you don't have to remember to manually search these resources regularly.

Literature Review contains step-by-step instructions for doing a comprehensive literature review appropriate for dissertations, theses, grant applications and project reports.  Includes organization tips, creating effective search strategies, what resources to use and how to use them. 

Resources is organized by the type of literature most used by civil engineers; on each sub-section, 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.   

STEM Biographies contains information and links on how to find biographies of notable individuals in STEM fields.

Writing & Citing contains information on writing in STEM subject areas and on citation style guides and management.

Online Research Assistance

LIVE, DROP-IN CONSULTATIONS via Zoom.

Drop-in consultations are paused during Summer Sessions. Please, email Eric Prosser to set up an appointment.

Day of the Week Hours (Arizona Time)                                                                                    
Monday By appointment. Email eric.prosser@asu.edu
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Wednesday By appointment. Email eric.prosser@asu.edu
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Friday By appointment. Email eric.prosser@asu.edu

And, remember, you can always use our Ask-a-Librarian service as well.

Best Bets

for finding civil engineering info...

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

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

Knovel 
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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