Civil engineering is the oldest engineering discipline and has been around long before the other engineering disciplines like mechanical and electrical engineering came into being. So what is civil engineering?
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE) , “Civil engineering is the design and maintenance of public works such as roads, bridges, water and energy systems as well as public facilities like ports, railways and airports.” To the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK across the Atlantic Ocean, “Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. Put simply, civil engineers build bridges, roads, canals, dams, tall buildings, and other large structures.”
If you are interested to find out “the amazing ways civil engineers overcome the challenges of creating and maintaining our infrastructure for us, and for future generations”, click to download this free booklet “The Little Book of Civilisation” from the ICE website.
Here are some of the book titles in the NTU Library you might be interested in:
- Karl Terzaghi: the engineer as artist (widely known as the father of soil mechanics) by Goodman, Richard E. Call Number: TA140.T36G653
- Eminent civil engineers: their 20th century life and times by Doran, David. Call Number: TA139.E53
- Engineering legends: great American civil engineers: 32 profiles of inspiration and achievement by Weingardt, Richard Call Number: TA139.W423
- Who’s who in engineering Singapore by Institution of Engineers (Singapore) Call Number: TA139.H628
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Books are good starting point to get background knowledge of a new subject area. Information from books is not always up-to-date but they generally provide good introduction.
One method to select books is to read book reviews. Book reviews are normally written by experts and every reader will benefit from their evaluations. Another method is to search our library book collection. You can either BROWSE it on shelves (arranged in systematic classified order) OR SEARCH the catalogue for list of relevant books.
Browsing the collection
Most of the civil engineering book collections are found at the Lee Wee Nam Library. However, as learning nowadays is broad based, business books at the Business Library could be of interest to you.
|Reinforced concrete design||TA683|
|Design of steel structures||TA684|
|Transportation & highway engineering||TA1145 & HE147.7|
Searching for books
You can find a list of books on a specific subject in civil engineering by searching the Library Catalogue under the appropriate subject headings in the subject field. Improve your search results with these catalogue tips.
To help you to get started, I have compiled a list of books on specific topics. Click on the following topics to retrieve relevant books.
- Applied mechanics
- Structural analysis
- Engineering geology
- Reinforced concrete construction
- Structural steel
- Transportation engineering
The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us
Students can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with as much details about the item as possible – Title, Author/editor, Place of publication, Publisher or producer, Date of publication, ISBN, Edition and Price.
Staff can use Staff Link. Under Resource Request — Library Services —Book Recommendation.
Refer to New Title Recommendation for more details.
Electronic books or e-books are basically the digital version of print books. Types of e-books available include reference works, handbooks, monographs and book series. Generally speaking, e-books make information readily accessible to readers and it has the advantage of being able to be updated more frequently than their print counterparts.
Searching for E-book
You can search for e-books using the Library Catalogue. Refer to this library webpage on how to access e-books.
Browsing by E-book Providers
The E-book providers can be found in our library webpage under databases. The major providers of e-books in the field of Civil Engineering are listed below. Click on the titles to access. You may be asked to login with your NTU network username and password.
This e-book collection is by CRC Press and they are part of the Taylor & Francis Group. The collection is categorized into subjects, e.g. Engineering – Civil, Engineering – General, Geoscience, Healthcare and etc. You can click the categories and browse the e-books within each subject collection. For e.g. on Engineering – Civil it is further sub-categorized as construction engineering, coastal, waterways & ocean engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering and etc.
Knovel provides e-books titles on engineering and technology from societies like AIChE, IOP, NACE, Society of Plastics Engineers, etc and publishers like Elsevier, Wiley, Kluwer, McGraw-Hill. Browse the collection by subjects – Civil Engineering & Construction Materials, General Engineering and Engineering Management etc or by the alphabetical listing or search for titles. An interesting feature by this provider is for some book titles where there are interactive tables or graphs/tables with graph digitizer.
- Referex Engineering
Access is through the database platform Engineering Village. You can search for e-books or browse the collection in four subject areas namely Electrical & Electronic engineering, Materials & Mechanical, Chemical, Petrochemical & Process and Civil & Environmental collection of near to 200 titles.
SpringerLink is organized into 4 content types: journals, book series, books and reference works. It is categorized into 12 subject collections like Architecture and Design, Computer Science, Engineering etc. To browse the collections you can do a search within all contents or within Engineering.
- Wiley Online Library
Wiley Online Library now features publications from Blackwell Publishing, IEEE Press, and Wiley-VCH. The library has subscription to e-books in four collections engineering, polymer and materials science, chemistry and life sciences. Under engineering, it is categorized into Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Systems Engineering and etc.
Content at a Glance
Handbooks are one of the primary information resources with diagrams, statistics, charts, tables and also references for additional reading. There are handbooks for every aspect of engineering and technology activities, for e.g. on specific works like blast-resistant design, supply management to broad subject oriented-works like standard handbook for civil engineers.
- Standard handbook for civil engineers Ricketts, Jonathan T. Call No: TA151.S785 2004
- The civil engineering handbook [electronic resource] Chen, Wai-Fah, 1936- Call No: XX (318748.1)
- Building construction handbook Chudley, R Call No: TH151.C559 2010
- Handbook of civil engineering calculations Hicks, Tyler Gregory, 1921- Call No: TA332.H236
- Handbook of structural steel connection design and details Tamboli, Akbar R Call No: TA472.H236H 2010
- Construction supply management handbook O’Brien, William J. Call No: TH438.4.C758C
- Land development handbook: planning, engineering, and surveying Dewberry, Sidney O. Call No: TA549.L253 2008
- BIM handbook: a guide to building information modeling for owners, managers, designers, engineers, and contractors Eastman, Charles M. Call No: TH437.B611
- Contract administration handbook: for use with REDAS design and build conditions of contract Lip, Eugenie. Call No: KPP85.4.L764
- Handbook for designing cement plants Deolalkar, S. P. Call No: TH4541.D418 + 1 CD
- Concrete construction engineering handbook Nawy, Edward G Call No: TA681.C744CC 2008
- Reynolds’s reinforced concrete designer’s handbook Reynolds, Charles E. (Charles Edward) Call No: TA683.2.R462C
- Construction waterproofing handbook Kubal, Michael T. Call No: TH9031.K95C 2008
- Handbook of construction tolerances Ballast, David Kent. Call No: TH851.B189 2007
- Car park designers’ handbook Hill, Jim. Call No: TL175.H646
- Handbook for blast-resistant design of buildings Dusenberry, Donald O Call No: TH1097.H236
- A handbook of sustainable building design and engineering: an integrated approach to energy, health and operational performance Mumovic, Dejan. Call No: TH880.H236
Dictionaries provide definitions of engineering terms, translating terminologies, symbols and abbreviations to different languages.
- Dictionary of architecture & construction By Harris, Cyril M., 1917-; Call No. V23.M753
- McGraw-Hill dictionary of engineering Call No: TA9.M147M 2003
- Dictionary of architecture & construction, 4th ed. By Harris, Cyril M., 1917- Call No: NA31.D554 2006
- Elsevier’s dictionary of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering: in five languages, English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and German By Tuin, J. D. van der, 1940-; Call No: TA710.A15T915
Encyclopedias are useful for background information on a subject of interest. They provide both general and specific descriptions of concepts and terminologies.
- Encyclopedia of civil engineering Arora, Ajay. Call No: TA9.A769
- Project planning, scheduling, and control in construction: an encyclopedia of terms and applications Popescu, Calin Call No: TA190.P826
- Encyclopedia of architecture: design, engineering & construction Wilkes, Joseph A. Call No: NA31.E56
Directories are useful for locating people, products, companies, statistics and specifications.
- BCA catalogue Singapore. Building and Construction Authority Call No: HD9715.C568 2009
- Tunnels & tunnelling buyer’s guide published by Wilmington Media Ltd Call No: TA800.T926B 2008
- International directory of construction law Informa Professional (Firm) Call No: K70.C65I61D 2006
- Directory of Singapore building professions by Singapore Trade Development Board Call No: HD9715.S56D597 
If you are interested to find out information on a topic and would like to know where these are published at the various journals or publications, then databases would be useful. At the database, you can search for journal articles, conference papers, reports and even on standards.
- ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Research Library
The ASCE Research Library provides access to all full-text electronic articles from ASCE journals and conference proceedings. Complete tables of contents are available for all volumes/issues. Please note the database does not cover ASCE books, manuals and standards. [Click to read more…].
- Ei (Engineering Village)
Engineering Village comprises the databases Compendex and Inspec. It provides you with instant access to the latest applied science and engineering research developments at your desktop. [Click to read more…].
- BSOL (British Standards Online)
BSOL is a full text database of technical standards by the British Standards Institution (BSI). This database contains more than 50,000 standards and allows you to download full-text of current standard. [Click to read more…].
- ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Digital Library
ASTM collects and publishes work dealing with material test methods. The ASTM Digital Library provides access to the digital edition of nearly every ASTM International book and paper spanning more than 140 industries and 100 years. [Click to read more…].
- Construction Infonet
Construction Infonet is an online information service by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. It covers construction information and statistics like quarterly review of construction industry; Singapore construction prospects; tender price index and etc. [Click to read more…]
Journals are an important part of the scholarly communication process. They are also essential for engineers to keep up to date with new products, processes and research developments. Unlike books, they provide more current information. There are mainly 2 types of engineering journals
- Academic journals – generally these are primary literature that cover mainly research and development work
- Trade journals – secondary literature that provide information targeted at practicing engineers
Journals are issued on a regular frequency (e.g. monthly, quarterly, etc.). Each issue contains a number of individual journal artciles. There are generally 2 ways to find journal articles:
- If you want articles from a specific journal title
– Find the electronic or print copy and then download or read the articles within
- If you want articles on a topic or by an author from any journals
– Search for them in relevant databases
Finding an electronic journal (e-journal)
- Titles A to Z
- Titles by Providers / Publishers
- Free E-Journal Titles
This will bring you to the E-journal A-to-Z list. This is a search tool which gives you further options to search for journal titles.
You can search for a journal title by using title, publisher name or the subject search options. The search results will list one or more journal provider with the range of date / issues that it covers. Select the appropriate one.
A list of journal issues will be displayed. Select the desired issue to see the list of articles within.
Finding a print journal
We also have the print equivalent of some journals. Current print journals are physically located at Level 2 in Lee Wee Nam library. Bound journals (i.e. older issues) are at Level 5. You can browse the shelves to see what are available. Many older issues of journals are still not available in digital format, therefore it is good to know how to find them.
If you have a specific journal in mind, find the call number and location via the Library Catalogue. Search using the journal title and selecting to search by JOURNAL TITLE from the drop down menu.
Important Note: You cannot search for individual journal article in the Library Catalogue. You need to use databases (see below) to do so. The Library Catalogue can only search journal titles.
Finding journal articles on a topic or by an author
Use a relevant database (see the section on Databases). A database indexes a variety of journals on a specific discipline or topic and makes them searchable by many fields such as keyword, title, subject, author, organization, etc. Therefore a search in a database will yield articles from many different journal titles.
Selected list of journals by disciplines
Content at a Glance
Construction / Materials
Environment and Water Resources
Management / Professional Issues / Legal Affairs
Transportation and Urban Development
Waterway, Ports, Coasts, and Oceans
Other Technical Areas
Construction / Materials
- Journal of Composites for Construction – ASCE
- Journal of Construction Engineering and Management – ASCE
- Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering – ASCE
- Proceedings of the Institution of Engineers – Construction Materials
- Cement and Concrete Research (by Elsevier)
- Cement and Concrete Composites (by Elsevier)
- Smart Materials and Structures (by IOP Publishing)
- Journal of Engineering Mechanics – ASCE
- Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics- ASCE
- Proceedings of the Institution of Engineers –Engineering & Computational Mechanics
Environment and Water Resources
- Journal of Environmental Engineering – ASCE
- Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management- ASCE
- Journal of Hydraulic Engineering- ASCE
- Journal of Hydrologic Engineering – ASCE
- Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering – ASCE
- Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management – ASCE
- Journal of Geomechanics – ASCE
- Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering – ASCE
- Geotechnique – ICE
- Proceedings of the Institution of Engineers – Geotechnical Engineering
- Proceedings of the Institution of Engineers – Ground Improvement
- Canadian Geotechnical Journal (by NRC Research Press)
Management / Professional Issues / Legal Affairs
- Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering- ASCE
- Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction – ASCE
- Journal of Management in Engineering – ASCE
- Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice- ASCE
- Proceedings of the Institution of Engineers – Civil Engineering
- Journal of Bridge Engineering – ASCE
- Journal of Structural Design and Construction – ASCE
- Journal of Structural Engineering- ASCE
- ACI Structural Journal
- Proceedings of the Institution of Engineers – Bridge Engineering
Transportation and Urban Development
- Journal of Infrastructure Systems – ASCE
- Journal of Transportation Engineering – ASCE
- Journal of Urban Planning and Development – ASCE
- Proceedings of the Institution of Engineers – Transport
- Transport Research Part D (by Elsevier)
Waterway, Ports, Coasts, and Oceans
- Bulletin of the Seismological Society
- Earthquake Spectra (by Earthquake Engineering Research Institute)
- Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (by Elsevier)
Other Technical Areas
Our AV collection consists of video cassettes, audio cassettes, LDs, VCDs, DVDs, audio CDs, music CDs, tapes, slides, maps as well as films. They are mainly located in the Business Library (BUSL) and the Arts, Design & Media Library (ADML). Please note that undergraduates have to view the AV title within the library and at the viewing carrel.
- Searching of AV titles
All AV titles can be searched using our Library Catalogue.
You can either search using “Format: Audio-Visuals”
Or using “Type: Blu-ray Disc” or “Type: DVD” and etc.
- Selected AV titles
Select “Audio-visuals” for format.
Type: “extreme engineering” will give selected titles on Extreme Engineering series from Discovery Channel, examples:
Type: “building construction”
The Web is like a jungle that is populated with various types of information, literature and subject resources. Information on the Web is diverse, ranging from academic to professional, governmental to commercial. As this information is provided by individuals who may not be in that particular expertise, it is important to evaluate the information found on the Web in terms of authority, accuracy, quality, currency and coverage.
Content at a glance
The list below provides snapshots of websites which might be of interest to you:
Professional Institutions / Associations
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Association of Consulting Engineers
- Association for Project Managers (UK)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)
- Institution of Engineers, Singapore
- American Concrete Institute
- British Cement Association
- Concrete Society
- American Institute of Steel Construction
- Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA)
- United States Corps of Engineers
- Singapore Contractors Association Ltd
- Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore
- Canadian Geotechnical Society
- US Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering (USUCGR)
- Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) [Skyline Newsletter]
- Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
- Professional Engineers Board, Singapore
- Housing and Development Board (HDB)
- Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) [Journeys Newsletter]
Reserves / RBR titles / Red-spot books are the textbooks for the course modules as recommended by the lecturers.
Browsing the Reserves Collection
Reserve titles for Engineering and Science are located in the Reserves section at Level 3 of Lee Wee Nam Library. They are available for 2-hour loans using the self-service machine located within the Reserves section. Overdue fines for such loans are set at S$0.50 per hour.
Searching for Reserves
You can retrieve reserves titles via their course codes from the library catalogue as follows:
Go to the Library Catalogue: http://eps.ntu.edu.sg
- Click the Reserves tab.
- Key in the course code in the search box.
- Click on Search by Course ID.
CEE Final Year Project Reports (except confidential reports) are found in DR-NTU (Restricted Access) collections. Please note that full text is only available from year 2009 onwards while selective titles are available for year before 2009. Log in using NTU network user name and password to view the full text. The reports are located under the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE).
View the Collection Page of CEE Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI). At the interface below, enter your known search terms and click Go; alternatively browse the collection by author, title, subject (e.g. Engineering: Civil engineering) and date.
Digital Repository – NTU or DR-NTU (Open Access) aims to capture, store and preserve the scholarly output of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and make it available to the global research community. The journal article and conference paper publications of NTU faculty in the DR-NTU Open Access collection are searchable using internet search engines such as Google.
Many publishers allow self archiving of publications in institutional repositories. You may refer to the copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo for more information on these publishers.
If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the CEE collection, please see the instructions about submissions to DR-NTU or contact your subject librarian.
Browse the current submissions to the DR-NTU from the NTU Engineering community.