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This guide will help you find and use Library resources for your assignments, dissertations, theses and other research. Please contact me if you would like further help or information.
A database of more than 1,900 exemplar projects, most from the last twenty years but includes major projects back to 1900.
For online access to Architects' Journal, access via the SUPrimo record for this journal.
Art, Design & Architecture Collection from ProQuest contains specialist abstract and indexing databases in the fields of visual and applied arts, plus full-text access to a selection of Arts & Humanities journals.
Featured databases include ARTbibliographies Modern (modern and contemporary art), Design and Applied Arts Index (design and crafts) and the International Bibliography of Art (Western art history).
Dates of coverage: 1973 - current.
Subject coverage includes: fine art, art history, architecture, design and applied arts
Compendex database via the Engineering Village database platform.
Compendex is the most comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database in the world with over 9 million records referencing 5,000 engineering journals and conference materials dating from 1884. Subject coverage includes nuclear technology, bioengineering, transportation, chemical and process engineering, light and optical technology, agricultural engineering and food technology, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications, control, civil, mechanical, materials, petroleum, aerospace and automotive engineering.
The Construction Information Service Online (CIS Online) provides electronic access to technical information including an index to a selection of standards, regulatory and advisory documents, guidance and other material for the UK construction industry. The online service provides bibliographic data such as document titles and summaries plus full text images, either Adobe pdf format or scanned facsimiles.
DETAIL inspiration is designed to be a high-quality research and inspiration source for architects and structural engineers. It contains detailed building project descriptions, drawings, generous pictures and offers information on architects and manufacturers.
Digimap is an online map and data delivery service, offering a number of data collections. Ordnance Survey Digimap contains contemporary Ordnance Survey maps and map data. Scottish Improvement Service data collection is also included but not as a Roam overlay only as downloaded GIS data.
Please note - downloading data for use in GIS or CAD applications requires specialised software which is NOT available on PCs in the Library.
Use your University DS login. Access restrictions apply. You must register with EDINA to use this service upon logging in for the first time, and all users must agree to the end user licence for the relevant Digimap Collection they wish to access.
Specify-It contains product and supplier information for a wide range of engineering areas including building, civil engineering, process and electronic and electrical. It provides up to date product catalogues. The service allows users to search for and identify products and suppliers to meet their exact project requirements - and to have immediate access to full-text, full-colour catalogues, data sheets, selector guides and brochures from the relevant suppliers listed. It includes over 175,000 documents from more than 10,000 manufacturers and suppliers.
Searching for literature and understanding how that interlinks with writing up your findings and influencing new ideas for your research is a vital skill. The graphic below may help you to understand these processes and how they are inter-linked.
Library books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal classification scheme whereby each subject is represented by a number.
You wil find books on the same subject will have the same number. The shelfmark is preceded by the letter D and will be followed by 3 letters, which are usually the first 3 letters of the author's name.
Here are some useful shelfmarks.
D 624.1 Structural engineering and underground construction