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Construction Subject Guide

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Journals
Databases and Indexes
Standards
Government Agencies & Info
Professional and Research Organizations
Other Internet Resources
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Books

Selected books of interest:

  • Building construction handbook
    TH 151 C52 2006

  • Architectural graphic standards
    TH 2031 R35 2000
    Architecture Library
  • Building design and construction handbook.
    TH 151 B825 1982
    Architecture Library
  • The civil engineering handbook.
    TA 151 C57 2003
    Engineering Reference Collection, PCL Stacks
  • Construction materials : types, uses, and applications.
    TA 403 H59 1991
    Architecture Library Reserves
    Engineering Collection, PCL Stacks
  • Construction planning for engineers.
    TA 194 G75 2000
    Engineering Collection, PCL Stacks
  • Contracts and the legal environment for engineers and architects
    KF 902 D8 2000
    Engineering Collection, PCL Stacks
  • Encyclopedia of architecture : design, engineering & construction
    NA 31 E59 1988
    Architecture Library Reference
  • International building code.
    KF 5701 A329 I524 most recent edition
    Architecture Library Reference
    Engineering Collection Reference, PCL Stacks

R.S. Means® Publications (some examples in our collections):

  • Assemblies cost data
    TH 435 B848 2012
    Engineering Reserves, PMA Library
  • Building construction cost data
    TH 435 B84 most recent edition
    Architecture Library Reference
    Engineering Reserves, PMA Library
  • Heavy construction cost data
    TH 435 M429 19TH 2005 
    Engineering Reference Collection, PCL Stacks
  • Square foot costs
    TH 435 M44 2007
    Architecture Library Reference
  • Means facilities maintenance & repair cost data
    TH 3301 M35 2005
    Engineering Reference Collection, PCL Stacks

  • Mechanical cost data
    TH 435 R583 most recent edition
    Engineering Collection, PCL Stacks
  • RS Means electrical cost data
    TK 435 M42 most recent edition
    Engineering Collection, PCL Stacks

  • Environmental remediation cost data : assemblies cost book
    TD 1052 E58 2000
    Engineering Collectin, PCL Stacks

Additional cost data books include:

  • National Construction Estimator
    TH 435 N37 2003
    Engineering Reference Collection, PCL Stacks
  • National building cost manual
    TH 435 N38 1998    
    Engineering Reference Collection, PCL Stacks

Journals

Journals may be available in print and/or in an electronic format. Search journal titles in the library catalog to determine if we subscribe to a journal, to find which library holds the journal in a print format, and to find if there is an electronic version of the journal available.

Selected journals of interest from our collections:

  • ENR
    (online access provided through several indexes; years of coverage vary)
  • Civil Engineering
    (online access provided through several indexes; years of coverage vary)

Some things to keep in mind when using electronic journals:

  • Electronic journal coverage is usually limited to the most recent years of publication.  
  • It is often possible to search journal collection sites for articles on a specific topic.  Keep in mind that this type of search is very limited.  It is also a good idea to search some of the indexes listed below for broader coverage of a topic over a longer time period.  
  • Don't limit your search just to articles that are available online.  
  • In addition to electronic journal collections, full-text articles are available online through a number of indexes.  Resources such as ABI Inform and Lexis Nexis may include the full-text of an article right in the index.  
  • If the journal your article is in is not available online, search the journal title in Catalog to see if the journal the article is in is available in the UT Austin libraries.

Indexes

The following indexes will help you find journal articles, dissertations and conference papers.  Links to indexes are available through the UT Library Online Databases and Indexes to Articles Web page.  

  • TRANSPORT: Provides bibliographic coverage of transportation research and economic information. Contains the TRIS file of the Transportation Research Board and well as the OECD's International Road Research Documentation database and the TRANSDOC file of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport. TRID is also available.
  • IEEE Explore: provides full-text access to IEEE and IEE journals, conference proceedings, and standards covering electrical and computer engineering, electronics, computer science, and physics.
  • PAIS: Covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues including issues relating to construction.
  • EconLit: Covers journals, books, and working papers on economics and includes issues relating to construction.
  • Dissertation Abstracts International: Contains more than 2 million entries representing the work of authors from over 1,000 North American and European universities. All subject areas are covered.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic: Provides both full-text and abstracts for a wide range of general-interest wire services, newspapers and magazines from around the world. A legal database is included in Lexis-Nexis Academic.
  • Factiva: A global information resource, providing full-text access to top national and international newspapers, newswires, business journals, market research reports, analysts reports and web sites.
  • Web of Science: The Science Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the sciences.  Contact a librarian for information on using some of the special features of this database.
  • Business Source Complete: A scholarly business database providing a collection of bibliographic and full text content in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

*Remember Interlibrary Service (Interlibrary Loan) when an article or conference paper can not be obtained at UT-Austin

Standards

Standards from a number of organizations are available through UT Library Online, including:
  • ASHRAE - Provides electronic full-text access of current ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) standards. Select "IHS Standards Expert" to begin the process of searching for the appropriate standards and then accessing the text.

  • ASTM - Provides electronic full-text of current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Standards. ASTM standards include test methods, specifications, accepted practice, and accepted terminology. Select "IHS Standards Expert" to begin the process of searching for the appropriate standards and then accessing the text

  • NFPA - Provides electronic full-text access of current NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards. Included in the NFPA Standards is NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code. Select "IHS Standards Expert" to begin the process of searching for the appropriate standards and then accessing the text

In Print at the Library

ACI (American Concrete Institute) Manual of Concrete Practice
TA 439 A252
Most recent edition is available in Engineering Reference Collection, PCL Stacks USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
Check the catalog for older volumes

Also available online.

 

International Building Codes
KF 5701 A329 I524 Engineering Reference Collection USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
KF 5701 A329 I524 Architecture Library Reference USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
Also available online.


NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers ) International book of standards
TA 462 N334 V.1 - V.2 Engineering Collection, PCL Stacks

For more information go to the Standards and Specifications web page.

Government Agencies and Government Compiled Information

Professional and Research Organizations

Other Internet Resources

 

Further Assistance

If you need further assistance don't hesitate to ask a librarian!