• Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.

  • The databases listed below are collections of journal articles and reports relating to the Built Environment. A full list of the 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.
    • DCP Online Development Control Practice - full text guidance on planning control in GB
    • 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.
    • 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).
      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.
    • 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.
    • UK Data Service - Collection of UK and international social, economic and population data.  It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to meet the data needs of researchers, students and teachers from all sectors, including academia, central and local government, charities and foundations, independent research centres, think tanks, and business consultants and the commercial sector. The collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.
    • 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 - PDF. 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.