• Below is a list of electronic sources some of which are indexes providing abstracts (summaries), and others databases which allow you to access the full text. For more information on these types of services see Using abstracts/indexes and databases.The Library also provides direct access to many full text electronic journals.

    Note: Some of the databases require confidential passwords, which may be accessed via PIP.

    The following sources have been selected for their relevance to all areas of construction and project management in the built environment. In order to obtain the full journal article, where the database does not give the whole text, check using LibrarySearch (Title search) and the list of full-text electronic journals; if not available then use the Interlibrary Loans Service.

    You may be interested in using other databases relating to other subjects in the built environment - such as architecture, development studies, law, planning, real estate and urban design. Please go to subject help and select the relevant subject from the list.

    The full list of databases the library subscribes to can be found on the databases A-Z list.


    • Academic Search Complete - a scholarly multidisciplinary database with access to more than 8,500 full text journals, including about 7,300 peer-reviewed titles. Includes abstracts to a further 4000 journals, plus some books, reports and conference proceedings: includes full text journal articles for business, construction, law and real estate management.
    • Avery index to architectural periodicals : a database of journal articles in architecture and urban design. Some articles are available as full-text.
    • British Standards Online - This includes access to the full text of all current British Standards.
    • Building Cost and Information Service (BCIS) provides online building and construction cost and price data. It is a collaborative venture for the exchange of information so that subscribers involved in architectural design, construction and property can have ready access to the best available data. Also available is the BCIS Online Rates Database which is an online price book data from BCIS for estimating the costs of construction projects, including: building maintenance, alterations & refurbishment, civil engineering, major & minor works, painting & decorating, SMM7 and basic plant charges. Updated annually, this resource allows you to benchmark against 18,500 separate supply prices of which there are over 9,000 material costs and over 8,000 specialist prices collected from independent suppliers.
    • Business Source Complete - This database includes full text journal articles in all disciplines of business including construction, property and real estate management. Also company profiles, industry reports, market research and some books.
    • Construction Information Service - Provides full text architectural, construction and planning information, which includes: BRE, CIBSE, CIRIA and JCT technical reports papers and documents, architects working details, journal articles from the Architects' Journal, seminal books in the built environment subject area, the Building regulations and specification material.
    • Emerald Insight - Specialist publisher in peer-reviewed management research across all disciplines. This database contains full text journal articles on construction and property management, real estate and property, facilities, marketing, economics, logistics and strategy.
    • ENDS Report - Provides information on and analysis of environmental policy and legislation, including what the implications are for businesses. It includes access to environmental news headlines and sector specific intelligence such as government policy and legislation, company reports and method statements. Also includes information on jobs, training courses and events. Incorporates a searchable article archive.
    • Factiva - International news database providing an archive of 32,000 sources from nearly every country worldwide, in 28 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company's financial details are all included. Contains information on real estate and international real estate. It also contains a large collection of full text journals relevant to architecture, construction and real estate management.
    • Google : a good way to find reports from governments, charities, and other non-commercial and non-academic organisations (sometimes called 'grey literature') is to search Google for your keywords and add filetype:pdf. You can also specific a website or type of website to search by using site: (e.g. searches only the Oxford City Council website, and searches only websites that have .org in their address).
    • Heritage Counts : a free resource with a series of annual reports on the state of England's historic environment. It includes a national overview and a number of regional summaries.
    • Isurv- the online built environment information portal from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It contains full text information on current practices, regulatory matters, compliance and RICS guidance in the following areas: Building surveying, Valuation, Commercial property, Construction, Estate agency, Legal, Planning, Rural, Sustainability and Professional conduct. Access is provided to all of RICS standards and guidance notes, including The Red Book and Black Books. Downloadable checklists, books and templates..
    • JSTOR - A large collection of full text journal articles relevant to the construction industry.
    • LexisLibrary - provides access to full text to national and regional newspapers.
    • LGiU Briefings : policy briefings from the Local Government Information Unit on regeneration, skills, training, economy, and environment.
    • Planning Magazine: current information on UK planning including news, analysis, appeals, policy, legislation and jobs.
    • Science Direct - Articles and books published by Elsevier covering civil and structural engineering, construction technology, management, renewable energy, sustainability and the environment. Particularly useful for researching the technologies used in energy efficient and sustainable building. Register to personalize your settings, save searches and create alerts.
    • Web of Science - Covers all subject areas, and includes proceedings of international conferences and symposia. Abstract/Citation index database with links to full-text. Particularly useful for finding articles that cite a specific author or key paper using the Cited Reference Search, or the "Times Cited" feature. See the Quick Reference Guide. Register to save searches and set up search history/citation alerts.
    • Zetoc - This is a database formed from British Library's Electronic Table of Contents. It covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings in science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance and the humanities. It covers material published since 1993 and is updated daily.