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Civil Engineering: Finding Articles

Civil Engineering

Find Specific Online Journals

Looking for a specific journal?  We probably have it in digital format.  Best method is to use the Online Journalsl list.

Pay attention to the date coverage information –

  • some are only for a certain period of time, 
  • some journals are NOTavailable (or EMBARGOED) for the first 6 to 12 months.

Alternately use the Library catalog to search for journals (both print and ejournals) owned by the Purdue  Libraries

  • Print journals are located at different LIBRARIES on campuse according to their subject area.  
  • Many older issues are located in the Hicks Repository.  
  • Look for the name of the LIBRARY or HICKS before the call number under the "Find Print" button.  

If the Library doesn't own the journal article,  request it via Interlibrary Loan.

Find databases

Searching for articles on a specific topic? The Library provides access to almost 500 databases that index articles.  To find the databases in your area:  

  • You can browse them alphabetically.   
  • Or open the  "All Categories" window to limit to a broad area such as Arts & Humanities.  
  • Further limit your search for the right database by using the "Filter" window.

Below is a list of a dozen or so of the most frequently used databases.

Web of Science [ link ]

Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions. Seamless integration with EndNote.

Scopus [ link ]

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature with more than 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and arts and humanities.


Engineering Village [ link ]

Engineering Village is the information discovery platform to search across both Compendex and INSPEC databases.Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering research available, covering all engineering disciplines. It includes millions of bibliographic citations and abstracts from thousands of engineering journals and conference proceedings.  The Inspec database is an invaluable information resource for all scientists and engineers, that contains 13 million abstracts and specialized indexing to the world's quality research literature in the fields of physics and engineering.

IEEE Xplore [ link ]

IEEE Xplore is a powerful online resource for accessing scientific and technical publications produced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its publishing partners. IEEE Xplore provides access to a comprehensive collection of full-text PDF documents comprising the world's most highly cited journals in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. In addition to journals, conference publications, and technical standards content, IEEE Xplore provides access to books and educational resources.

MathSciNet [ link ]

MathSciNet is a comprehensive database covering the world's mathematical literature since 1940 and provides access to data from Mathematical Reviews (updated monthly) and Current Mathematical Publications (updated daily).

SciFinder [ link ]

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides integrated access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in CHEMISTRY and related sciences. To use SciFinder WEB you must first register and create your own SciFinder username and password.


Academic Search Premier [ link ]

Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database covering periodicals, journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. in areas of academic study including: animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology, and many other fields.

Proquest Research Library [ link ]

From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects.  It features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers covering over 150 academic disciplines. This combination of general reference volume and scope makes it one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases ProQuest has to offer.

JSTOR [ link ]

JSTOR (Journal Storage Project) is an electronic archive of core scholarly journals, with an emphasis on the retrospective conversion of the entire backfiles of key journals. Over 246 academic journals cover the subject areas of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population/Demography, Sociology, and Statistics. JSTOR coverage is defined by a 2 to 5 year "moving wall," which is the gap between the most recently published issue of a journal and the date the most recent issues are available in JSTOR. The Library subscribes to three JSTOR collections: Arts and Sciences I, Arts and Sciences II, and General Sciences.

LexisNexis Academic [ link ]

LexisNexis Academic contains thousands of publications, virtually all include full text. Many types of publications are included: newspapers (in English, other languages, and translations of international papers), legal news, general interest magazines, medical journals, trade publications, company financial information, transcripts, wire service reports, government publications (such as the federal case law, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Testimony, etc.), law reviews, and reference works (such as the Forbes Annual Directory, the Official Guide/American Marketplace and the US Global Trade Outlook).

PsycINFO [ link ]

This database contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law


ABI/INFORM Complete [ link ]

The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

Off Campus Access Links

Using your PU ID and password, you can get to the databases, journals and e-books that the library owns.