Civil Engineering

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Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines

Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines provide nationally endorsed science based goals for the quality of atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial ecosystems.


Article Indexes & Databases

Core Research Databases

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Publication coverage: Journals: 1990 - present ; Proceedings: 1996 - present.
Full-text database for ASCE journals (1995- present) and proceedings (1998- present). Searches hundreds of engineering journals and trade magazines.
Publication coverage: 1884 - present (updated weekly)
Primary database for engineering. Includes journals, conference proceedings, and more.

Related Research Databases

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Publication coverage: 1865 - present
Multi-disciplinary database indexing (with abstracts) more than 10,900 publications including peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports.
Publication coverage: Journals: 1958 to present ; Books: 1900 to present
The database covers ASCE publications (journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals and magazines) since 1972.
International coverage of articles and books about environmental issues.
Publication coverage: Varies by journal title
Scholarly journal publishers such as Kluwer, Elsevier, Springer, Cambridge and Oxford University Presses and more
Publication coverage: 1980 - present
Covering physical and human geography, geology, ecology, and Third World studies. Includes over 600,000 abstracts of more than 2,000 journals, monographs, books, conference proceedings, reports, and theses

NPArC is a searchable online repository containing thousands of NRC-authored publication citations. Use NPArC to link to publications of interest and to set up alerts.

Publication coverage: 1960s-
Contains records for more than 400,000 books, journal articles, and technical reports covering all modes and disciplines of transportation. Some full text. Coverage from 1960's -
Publication coverage: 1900 - present
Online version of Science Citation Index
Database indexes 8,500 leading scholarly research journals

E-Books and Reference Books




Selected Reference Books

General Civil Engineering

ACI Design Handbook
Ref TA683.22 .D47

Building Design and Construction Handbook

Civil Engineering Handbook(CRC Press)
Print:TA151 .C57

Civil Engineer's Illustrated Sourcebook
TA151 P55 2003

Civil Engineering Formulas
TA331 .H53 2010

Comprehensive Rock Engineering
5 volumes Ref TA706.C642

Comprehensive Structural Integrity
TA645 C656 2003t

Construction Building Envelope and Interior Finishes

Engineered Concrete Mix Design and Test Methods

Handbook of Groundwater Engineering

Handbook of Steel Construction
Ref TA684.C33

Land Development Handbook

PCI design handbook : precast and prestressed concrete
TA683.7 .P74

PCI manual for structural design of architectural precast concrete
TA683 .P69

Roark's formulas for stress and strain
TA407.2 .R6

Structural and Stress Analysis
This book discusses the determination of the strength and stiffness of civil engineering structures - determining the loads they will support before failure and the displacements the loads produce

Timber construction manual
TA666 .T47 2005

Tunnel Engineering Handbook

Coastal Engineering

Handbook of Coastal Engineering
TC205.H33 2000

Highway Engineering

Highway Engineering Handbook
TE151.H54 2003

Bridge Engineering

Bridge Engineering Handbook
Print: TG145.B85

Building Construction

ASHRAE Handbooks :
Ref TH7011 .A448
Reference data; basic theory, materials, tables and terminology.

1999 code and construction guide for housing – Ontario Based on the Ontario building code 1997
TH4815.5 .C63

Building Construction Cost Data
Ref TH435 B9 2014

Building Design and Construction Handbook
Print: TH151.B825

LEED Canada for New Construction & Major Renovations (2009)

LEED reference package for new construction & major renovations (LEED Canada-NC)
TH6025 L43 2004


CRC Practical Handbook of Materials Selection

Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology

Engineered Materials Handbook

LEED Canada for New Construction & Major Renovations (2009)

LEED reference package for new construction & major renovations (LEED Canada-NC), version 1.0.
TH6025 L43 2004

Materials Science and Engineering Handbook
Ref TA403.4 .C74 2001

Wood handbook: wood as an engineering material

Environmental Engineering

Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation
Ref GE10.E49

Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines
TD194.68 C2C363

Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences

Environmental Engineers Handbook
Print: TD145.E574

Formula Handbook for Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater
QD142 A5

Water Encyclopedia
TD345 L393 2005

Standards & Codes

Full Text Databases for Civil Engineering

Standards Indexes

Search by keyword or standard number and, for a fee, you may download copies. Remember to always check the Queen’s collection (link to QCAT) first to see if we already own a copy.

Select Civil Standards and Codes


Selected Websites

American Concrete Institute

ACI is a technical and educational society with 30,000 members and 93 chapters in 30 countries.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 133,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

American Water Works Association

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world

Bridge engineering home page

SC Solutions specializes in high-end numerical analysis of complex civil and mechanical systems such as bridges, buildings, and tunnels as well as aerospace, bio-mechanical and computer components.

Canadian Building Digest

240 Canadian Building Digests published between 1960 and 1990 by NRC's Institute for Research in Construction and its predecessor, the Division of Building Research.

Canadian Civil Engineering History & Heritage

Civil Engineering Database

The Civil Engineering Database (CEDB) is designed to provide easy bibliographic access to all American Society of Civil Engineers publications - all the ASCE journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals, magazines, and newspapers.

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

Founded in 1887, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) is a learned society intended to develop and maintain high standards of civil engineering practice in Canada and to enhance the public image of the civil engineering profession.

Construction Information Sources

A searchable database of quality construction related sites on the internet. This site is developed and maintained by Construction Technology Centre Atlantic , Fredericton New Brunswick.

Construction Practice ( National Research Council of Canada - Institute for Research in Construction )

A collection of articles from construction related magazines which address a host of practical subjects of direct interest to various specialties within the industry: engineering, architecture, property management, home building, and infrastructure.

Digital Bridges

Lehigh University - Bridges of the 19th century

ICARIS - (Integrated CAD Research Information System)

Directory of civil engineering resources on the internet

Institute for Research in Construction

The Institute for Research in Construction (IRC) is part of the National Research Council. The Institute works to improve the safety, durability and comfort of Canadian workplaces, homes and public infrastructure while helping builders become more competitive.

Material Safety Data Sheets

MatWeb - Material Property Data

- a searchable database of engineering materials

Registry of Product Evaluations

National Research Council of Canada - Canadian Construction Materials Centre. A national evaluation service for all types of innovative construction materials, products, systems and services.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers

Thomas Register is the most comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America

Ultimate Civil Engineering Directory

US Transportation Research Board

Water Resources on the Web

WINDandSEA, the Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

World Housing

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists.