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Remember, some databases will provide information for a large range of topics, while others will be more focused to the topic you are interested in.

Database Name Description

Academic Search Complete

Academic search complete is a database covering a huge range of topics. You will find material related to construction and often (but not always) you will get a link to the full text article in PDF format.

Business Source Complete

Business source complete is another wide ranging database but you will find some construction related material. Once again, some of the information will be available in full text PDF format.

Design and Applied Arts Index

This database is the premier source of information for all aspects of design and crafts, from textiles and ceramics to vehicle design, advertising and sustainability. Covers journal articles, exhibition reviews and news items from 1973 to the present.

Engineering Village

Engineering Village is a great resource for all areas of engineering. You can also keep yourself up to date by being alerted to new material added to the database. Engineering Village also contains much training information so you can get the most from this product.


IEEE Xplore Digital Library


This database gives access to information from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). DIT Library has access to IEEE journals, conference proceedings, standards and the standards dictionary.


Info4education provided by IHS is a huge resource for all aspects of construction and engineering. All the information found on this database is provided by reputable organisations and all the information found is in full text PDF format.

 Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library

 The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library is mainly a resource for civil engineering and construction.

Knovel Library

Knovel Library is a fantastic resource for all aspects of engineering. It includes many whole books which are broken into sections available in full text PDF files.

Materials Science & Engineering Database

Materials Science & Engineering Database (Formerly Abstracts in New Technology and Engineeringprovides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings and government publications. It covers the areas of engineering, information technology, electronics, biotechnology and medical technology.

National Standards Authority of Ireland

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is our main resource for Irish standards and international standards from the ISO. You will find some construction related British Standards on the Info4education database.

 Science Direct

 Science Direct is one of the largest databases subscribed to by the library. In it you will find information on all topics, including architecture. Many of the results you find will be available in full text.

If you need any help accessing any of these databases please drop into Bolton Street Library or contact us at 01 402 3681 or

To access TU Dublin Library's full list of databases click here.

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