CEAS LIBRARY RESOURCES IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
By Ted Baldwin
College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) Library, University of Cincinnati, 850G Baldwin Hall, ML #0018, (513) 556-4211
Use UCLID (UC’s Library Catalog) to locate books, periodicals, videos, and other materials owned by UC, and the OhioLINK database for items owned by other Ohio college and university libraries.
From the catalog menu, select KEYWORD and initiate your search using your topic terms (phrase, software name, company, personal name). KEYWORD searches for words across the title, series title, organization, association, content notes, publisher, and subject.
For a more focused search, select SUBJECT and initiate your search using a Library of Congress subject term (subject, place name or personal name). Relevant examples of subject headings are:
- Building – Estimates
- Civil Engineering
- Concrete Construction
- Construction Industry
- Construction Industry - Management
- Construction Projects - Management
- Earthquake Engineering
- Highway Engineering
- Strength of Materials
- Structural Analysis
- Structural Dynamics
(Note: the term “Construction” by itself is not a subject heading in the library catalog)
To search specific words in the title, series title, organization, association, content notes, publisher, and subject, use the KEYWORD search option.
Use the LIMIT/SORT button to limit your results to items located at CAS Library, Electronic Resources, and other options. Use the REQUEST button to have Available materials delivered from other UC libraries.
If you don’t find the items you want in the UC Library Latalog, search OhioLINK, a library network of Ohio college and university catalogs. Use the OhioLINK CENTRAL button to enter the database, search and request materials.
Browsing in the library
If you are browsing for books in the library's collections, the following Library of Congress call number ranges contain many Architecture or Construction books:
NA (most titles at DAAP Library)
Design & Construction
Electronic Books & Images (Handbooks, Databooks, etc)
Note: Many electronic books can also be found in the UC Library Catalog.
CRCNetBase Many other full-text handbooks, databooks and more in all engineering areas, including civil engineering and related fields.
Construction Materials e-books (from Institution for Civil Engineering)
Knovel Includes electronic books on civil engineering and construction materials topics, including asphalt and bituminous materials, building & energy efficiency, concrete, structural engineering, and wood.
MAD CAD Click on "Proceed to eLibrary" at the opening screen. MAD CAD contains full-text building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes from BOCA, SBCCI, ICBO, ICC, and NFPA.
Oxford Reference: Art & Architecture Numerous online dictionaries and subject companions in architecture.
Reference resources are useful for selecting topics, quick descriptions, and general information. These include general and specific encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, almanacs, etc., that are frequently used. Listed below are some reference resources for Architecture and Construction:
AccessScience: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Online research portal containing encyclopedia articles, research updates, biographies, news, and images.
Assemblies Cost Data (R.S. Means). CEAS Reference TH435 .B848.
Building Construction Cost Data (R.S. Means). CEAS Reference TH435 .B84.
Estimate a building's square foot cost and easily compare and price alternatives with these resources. Thousands of building assembly and component costs with accompanying drawings, explanations, component breakdowns, and reference tables are all within one volume.
Concrete Construction Handbook. CEAS Reference TA681 .C745.
This classic handbook offers construction professionals, engineers, and architects the most complete and current information available on all aspects of concrete technology and construction, including a full range of modern materials and methods--including form work and shoring, batching and mixing, placing concrete, finishing and curing, architectural concrete, and concrete repair.
CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook Online reference book
Encyclopedia of architectural and engineering feats Online reference book
Bannister, Fletcher, Sir. A history of architecture. DAAP Library NA200 .F63
This is considered the standard reference work on architectural history. It is illustrated with drawings, plans and photographs. Its very detailed index makes it a valuable reference for concise identification of architectural styles and characteristics.
MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects. DAAP Reference NA40 .M25
Biographies of over 2400 architects and firms from ancient Egypt to present day architects born before 1931 or already deceased. A chronological list of works and a brief bibliography follow each article. An index of over 30,00 architectural works is at the end of the last volume.
RS Means illustrated construction dictionary. CEAS Reference
This classic of construction is as comprehensive a construction dictionary as is possible in a single volume. The construction terms, phrases, and abbreviations are complemented by illustrations, simple line drawings and expanded graphics.
Time Saver Standards DAAP Reference NA 2760 .D42
This handbook contains basic technical standards and requirements for designing, drawing and presenting building plans and details and include issues such as functional requirements of building types, energy conservation, designs for the handicapped, human scale, and dimensions of furniture and appliances, all presented with plans and sections.
PERIODICALS can be used to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in a field, important research information, and to provide a historical perspective.
Useful periodical titles can be found by searching UCLID with the selected SUBJECTS or KEYWORDS, then using LIMIT/SORT to choose PERIODICALS/SERIALS (from the OTHER MATERIAL TYPES drop down menu).
Selected list of construction and architectural engineering periodicals. CEAS Library typically retains the current two years of print periodicals.
Architectural Record (print copy in DAAP Library)
Architecture: The AIA Journal (print copy in DAAP Library)
Ascent PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute)
Automation in Construction: International Journal for the Building Industry
Building Design and Construction
CADalyst (print copy in CEAS Library)
Cement & Concrete Research
Cement & Concrete Composites
CFMA Building Profits (print copy in CEAS Library)
Civil Engineering / ASCE (print copy in CEAS Library)
Concrete Construction (print copy in CEAS Library)
Constructor (print copy in CEAS Library)
Dwell (print copy in DAAP Library)
Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management
ENR: Engineering News Record (print copy in CEAS Library)
Journal of Bridge Engineering
Journal of Composites for Construction
Journal of Construction Engineering & Management
Journal of Light Construction (print copy in CEAS Library)
Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction
Structure Design of Tall & Special Buildings
Tunneling and Underground Space Technology
More electronic periodicals in construction and architectural engineering are available through the Full-Text Journal Finder.
Article databases help find ARTICLES WITHIN PERIODICALS. There are different types of databases that include articles from magazines, journals, and other publications. Search by keywords or phrases. Recommended indexes and databases for research in construction management and architectural engineering:
Article citations and some full text articles in business-related publications.
Academic Search Complete
"Contains full text for nearly 3,180 scholarly publications and includes full-page images as well as color embedded images. Provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies." 1984-Present
Architectural Index Online
This index provides citations to a small list of major architectural magazines and is particularly useful for locating information on recent building projects, and for locating information by geographic site or architect/designer. Coverage varies, but most periodicals are indexed from the early 1980s.
Art and Architecture (OhioLINK Digital Media Center)
Contains approximately 3000 images of art and architecture, from various research collections.
Art Full Text
Covers hundreds of international art publications, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Includes many art topics, including advertising, archaeology, crafts, folk art, graphic arts, interior design, video, film, architecture, and art history.
Continually expanding image database covering architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts and design, as well as archeological and anthropological objects. ARTstor's software tools allow the viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering both online and offline presentations.
Index of all American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE) journals, proceedings, and other publications.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals indexes more than 1,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Updated daily, the database covers more than 30 years of architecture publications.
This subscription database is designed to help building-industry professionals design and build construction projects from a whole-systems perspective that minimizes ecological impact and maximizes economic performance. It includes access to Environmental Building News magazine articles, lists for GreenSpec products and specification guidelines, detailed project case studies from the High-Performance Buildings Database, and publications from BuildingGreen Pittsburgh papers.
Civil Engineering Abstracts
This database allows for searching of journal articles, conference papers, books, magazines, and more in the civil engineering field, including architectural engineering and construction.
Compendex is a comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database that covers the entire spectrum of engineering, in depth, with abstracts from journals, conference papers and proceedings, technical reports, and more.
Searches magazine and technical journal articles, as well as white papers and other documents published on the free Web.
Grove Dictionary of Art Online
Construction and Architecture dictionary entries are included in this online resource.
Scopus - Database of journal articles, conference papers, and patents, covering a broad range of topics and publications.
Patent Searching Reference Guide (CEAS Library)
Related UC Libraries research guides:
Other web sites for research:
Architecture and Building Resources
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries' comprehensive guide to Architecture and Building resources.
Construction Criteria Base (CCB) Subscription collection of over 10,000 construction guide specifications, manuals, reference standards, and regulations used in building design and construction.
Guide to web resources for architects, engineers and contractors.
eLCOSH (Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health)
Presentations, videos, training materials, research reports, and more on construction safety and health for construction workers, employers, researchers, and others. Developed by the Center for Construction Research and Training, with support from NIOSH.
Great Buildings (ArchitectureWeek) Search for a specific building, architect, or place. Building profiles include floor plans, images, and related ArchitectureWeek articles.
Directory of Internet resources for Civil Engineers. Includes links to civil engineering and construction trade magazines.
Martindale’s Calculators On-Line Center (Civil Engineering section)
Calculators for construction costs and design, concrete, beams, grids, bridges, and pipe systems.
Sweets A comprehensive database of information on construction and building products.
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