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Transportation Engineering Resources

The following are selected resources that are available at Fogler Library or on the Internet. If you have questions about finding information related to Transportation Engineering, please contact the Science and Engineering Center at 581-1691 or email Martin Wallace. Or use our Ask a Librarian service.

Table of Contents
Indexes & Databases for Locating Journal Articles Patents
News Sources & Newspaper Indexes Transportation Statistics
Library CatalogsEducational Resources
Grant & Funding SourcesProfessional Societies & Research Organizations
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Graduate School, Postdoctoral Studies, Careers, Jobs, & Internships
Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works Citation Guides, Writing Manuals & Evaluation Criteria
Standards & Specifications Company & Product Directories

Indexes & Databases

Use these databases to locate references to journal articles, books, conference papers and dissertations. Once you have located journal articles of interest, the second step is to search URSUS by the journal title or conference title to determine if the University of Maine owns the material needed. We may own journals in print or online or both formats. Need to check the record listed as Serials (for print holdings) and E-Serials (for electronic holdings). Must click on the "Restricted Access UM" link to see the online holdings. If we do not own the item you need, consider requesting through Interlibrary Loan. Remember most of the articles listed in these databases cannot be located by using a regular web browser such as Google. These databases provide the means to locating scholarly research articles.

Tips for Searching:

  • Use truncation to allow for the various spellings of a word. Truncation symbol for most databases is the * (asterisk). For example: Comput* will retrieve: computer, computing, computers, computational, etc.
  • Use double quotes to search for an exact phrase: "wave energy" will retrieve much more precise results. Searching without quotes in most databases yields a search for - wave and energy. Finds the words anywhere in the same record not as a phrase.
  • Check the length of the article. Would probably not want to pursue articles under 3 pages unless you are looking for news items to gather information on companies or research labs making news.
  • Use synonyms to make your search more comprehensive. Link synonyms with 'or' operator. For example: underwater or submers*
  • Link concepts with the 'and' operator. Use parentheses to group synonyms together when using one search box. For example: (hybrid* or electric*) and (automobile* or vehicle* or cars or car)
  • When you have located some relevant articles, review the abstract and subject headings of these records. Utilize subject headings for more precise results. Most databases you can click on a subject heading for a new search and then refine this new search with additional keywords.
  • Utilize the bibliography at the end of relevant research papers to expand your list of resources. Some of these references may have errors. It has been found that 20% of the references cited will have an error.

Most Relevant databases:

Additional databases that would be helpful:

  • Academic Search Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 3,200 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Good resource for a few basic articles on a topic. Good for newspaper coverage and public policy and business aspects. This database is designed for undergraduate research. For a more comprehensive search, search Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete and Master File Premier at the same time. Select the Choose Databases link in the EBSCO interface to select multiple databases.
  • Business and Company Resource Center. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE
  • Business Source Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE.Provides full text for over 3200 business and industry journals. Coverage is back to the 1950's for some important publications and contains detailed company profiles for the world's 5,000 largest companies
  • California PATH Database. Provides access to research on intelligent transportation systems. It contains over 24,000 records from the 1940s to the present.
  • Dissertations and Theses (Proquest). Indexes dissertations and theses written by graduates of North American and European universities. The complete text of dissertations written at the University of Maine after 1996 is included.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Provides access to the full text of over 1100 free scholarly journals. Some journals are searchable at the article level. Also provides access by broad subject areas.
  • Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). Scientific and Technical Information Network. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Access to all unclassified, unlimitedcitations to documents added into DTIC from late December 1974 to present, many from 1998 to present in full text.
  • DOE Data Explorer. Indexes raw data collections funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. Data collections reside at national laboratories, data centers, user facilities, colleges and universities, or the Web sites of professional organizations, consortiums, corporate institutions, or international organizations.
  • Environmental Engineering Abstracts. Coverage is 1990 - Present. Produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. The focus of this database is engineering aspects of air and water quality, environmental safety, and energy production. More than 700 primary journals are covered and over 2,500 additional sources, including monographs and conference proceedings.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management. Provides access to the electronic versions of several standard indexes. Coverage is back to the 1960's for most databases. May be helpful to search all the files at once.
  • Health and Safety Science Abstracts. Coverage is 1981 - present. Provides citations and abstracts to the literature on public health, safety, and industrial hygiene. Draws on government reports as well as journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and other publications. Major areas of subject coverage include occupational safety and health, transportation, environmental and ecology, food and drugs, pesticides, natural disasters, toxicology, etc.
  • Military and Government Collection. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Search over 600 military titles, government periodicals, trade publications and newsweeklies for topics concerning all branches of the military. Full text is available for more than a third of the periodicals indexed. Over 240 pamphlets are also included.
  • NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). This database collects, archives, and disseminates aerospace information produced by NASA and other relevant worldwide research.
  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Provides indexing to a collection of more than 2.2 million historical (pre-1900) to current U.S. government-sponsored technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Over 700,000 documents are available in full-text format. Subject coverage includes engineering, computer science, transportation, medicine, biology, energy, communications, agriculture, and more.
  • Pollution Abstracts. 1981 - present. Presented by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts this resources covers air, water, land and noise pollution. Industry pollution problems and solutions are covered. Updated monthly.
  • Science Accelerator, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy. Search collections of DOE research results, project descriptions, and accomplishments. These collections enable you to find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, patents, and more.
  • 5.0. A free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies - access to over 200 million pages of scientific information.
  • Science Citation Index. Paper copy at Sci Index Q1.A1S36. Holdings are 1965 to present. An excellent multidisciplinary science information source which leads you to papers that cite a paper of interest, thus resulting in records for articles that you may not find using traditional subject or keyword searching. To learn how to use it, ask a Science and Engineering Center librarian. Online access is available through Web of Science, online coverage is 1900 to present.
  • ScienceDirect. FULL TEXT FOR UMAINE SUBSCRIBED JOURNAL TITLES ONLY (1800+). Online access to full text from 1995 for most titles. Sign up for automatic notification when new issues are published.
  • SciTech Connect. Formerly two separate databases: Energy Citations Database and DOE Information Bridge. Coverage is 1948 - Present. Contains bibliographic records and many full texts for energy and energy-related scientific and technical reports and papers sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. It provides coverage of traditional and alternative forms of energy production and conservation. Many aspects of electrical engineering and applied physics are covered including fission and fusion.
  • TranStats: Intermodal Transportation DatabaseThis is produced by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. This data library allows you to explore by mode of transportation, broad subject areas or by the agency producing the data. Also has a keyword search engine.
  • Virtual Technical Reports Center.Maintained by the University of Maryland Libraries. Links to institutions worldwide that provide full text and indexing to their reports, dissertations, reprints and preprints.

News Sources & Newspaper Indexes

Keeping Current with TRB E-Newsletter and Transportation Research Record

With Fogler's subscription to the full-text of the Transportation Research Record, with many available online full-text and many avialable at Fogler Library, and other TRB publications, it  is easy to keep up with recently released publications from TRB. By signing up for the TRB E-Newsletter, twice a month you will receive an email listing their most recent publications, with links directly to the pages on the TRB site; if you are accessing from anywhere on the UMaine campus, you will be able to immediately download the full-text PDF with no hassle. Publications include:

  • TRB News - conference announcements, RFPs, calls for papers, etc.
  • TRB Technical publications and studies (including Transportation Research Record)
  • TRB research news from federal, state and university levels

To sign up to receive the TRB E-Newsletter, send an e-mail to with "TRB E-Newsletter" in the message's subject field.

Other Sources for Transportation News

  • CE News
  • - Engineering News Record
  • EurekAlert. Service of the AAAS.
  • LexisNexis Academic. Worldwide coverage of newspapers, newsletters, and trade journals with good coverage of environmental and water resources issues.
  • Maine Newsstand. Indexes four Maine newspapers.
  • New York Times Article Archive. 1851− present. Full text of articles can be purchased online or use the microfilm collection in Fogler Library.
  • News on the Web - Archive. Provides links to U.S. and international newspaper archives that are searchable. Also has links to TV and radio broadcast archives.
  • ProQuest Newspapers. Full text of more than 500 U.S. and international news sources. Includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Times of London, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Years of coverage vary by title. Maine papers included: Bangor Daily News (1992+), Portland Press Herald (1995+), and selected business coverage from Maine Times (1994-2002) and Central Maine Morning Sentinel (1993-1997).
  • SciCentral. Gateway to the best scientific and engineering research news sources



Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Access Science. Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. Includes over 8,500 online encyclopedia articles and 15,000 illustrations from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition and regularly updated, fully-searchable media-rich content, terms, images and video.
  • Dictionaries, thesaurus, quotations, etc.
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Transportation Expressions. By the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works

  • Alternative Fuels Data Center. From the Dept. of Energy and includes data on various physical, chemical, operational, and environmental, safety, and health properties.
  • Civil Engineering Handbook. Edited by W.F. Chen. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2003 (Sci Ref TA151.C57 2003)
  • Civil Engineer's Reference Book. 4th ed. Edited by L.S. Blake. Butterworths, 1989. (Sci Ref TA151.C58 1989)
  • Concise Encyclopedia of Traffic and Transportation Systems. Pergamon, 1991. (Sci Ref TA1145.C58 1991)
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Engineering Fundamentals - EFUNDA. Materials, Formulas, Mathematics, Processes and Design, Etc.
  • Handbook of Transport Systems and Traffic Control. Ed. by K. J. Button. Pergamon, 2001. (ORO Stacks TA1151.H36 2001)
  • Handbook of Transportation Engineering. Ed. by M. Kutz. McGraw-Hill, 2004. (Sci Ref TA1151.H34 2004)
  • Hazardous Materials 181: The Guide for Shippers, Handlers & Transporters. Keller, 1993. (Sci Ref KF3945.H37 1991) For additional information see the J.J. Keller web site for transportation of hazardous materials reference materials and regulations.
  • Highway Capacity Manual. Transportation Research Board, NRC, 2000. (Sci Ref HE336.H48H54 2000) Provides techniques for determining the level of service for all types of facilities: multilane freeways to bicycle lanes.
  • Highway Design and Traffic Safety Engineering Handbook. McGraw-Hill, 1999. (Sci Ref TE175.L36 1999) Concentrates on design of roadways and their alignment and evaluates speed recommendations, safety criteria, and human factors.
  • Highway Engineering. By Paul Wright. Wiley, 1996. (ORO Stacks TE145.W74 1996.) Comprehensive textbook.
  • Highway Engineering Handbook. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2009. (TE23 .H484 2009) Provides information on highway design, pavements, bridges, walls, safety systems, signs and economic analysis.
  • Land development handbook : planning, engineering, and surveying (3rd ed.) / Dewberry ; editor-in-chief, Sidney O. Dewberry; coordinating editor, Lisa N. Rauenzahn; New York : McGraw-Hill, c2008. (SciRef TA549 .L29 2008)
  • Maine DOT Right of Way Manual. August 2002.
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all streets and highways. Published by the Federal Highway Administration. 2003 and 2000 eds. Millenium edition.
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. (MUTCD) Standard Highway Signs. Available in metric and English units. 2002 edition.
  • Manual of Traffic Design. Edited by J. H. Kell. Prentice Hall, 1990. (ORO Stacks TE228.K44 1990)
  • Manual of Transportation Engineering Studies. Prentice-Hall, 1994. (Sci Ref HE333.M28) A "how to" guide for conducting field studies with appendices on data analysis and presentation.
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System. digital library.
  • NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods. Workbook on statistical methods for scientists and engineers.
  • Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets. 4th ed., AASHTO, 2001. (Sci Ref TE175.A54 2001)
  • Roadside Design Guide. AASHTO, 2002. (ORO Stacks TE228.A455 2002)
  • Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers. 5th ed. Edited by Jonathan Ricketts. McGraw-Hill, 2004. (Sci Ref TA151.S8 2004)
  • Traffic Calming: State of the Practice. Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1999. (HE5614.2.E97 1999) ORO Stacks
  • Traffic Calming Website. Discussions and full-text reports on traffic calming. A service of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • Traffic Control Devices Handbook. Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2001. (Sci Ref TE228.T72 2001)
  • Traffic Engineering Handbook. 5th ed. Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1999. (Sci Ref HE333.T68 1999)
  • Traffic Signing Handbook. Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1997. (ORO Stacks TE228.T733 1997)
  • Transportation Acronym Guide. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
  • Transportation Engineering. Online Lab Manual. University of Idaho. Includes detailed theory, example problems and lab exercises.
  • Transportation Dictionary. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • Transportation Planning Handbook. 2nd ed. Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1999. (Sci Ref HE152.3.T73 1999)
  • Trip Generation : trip generation rates, plots, and equations. 6th ed. Institute of Transportation Engineers. (Sci Ref HE371.A3T76 1997 v.1 - 3)
  • Trip Generation Handbook. Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2001. (Sci Ref HE371.A3T758 2001)

Standards & Specifications

To locate standards on a particular topic use the Techstreet Standards Index which is available through the Engineering Village, Compendex service. Another index is provided by the American National Standards Institute, NSSN Search for Standards. Standards are located in the last row of reference shelving toward the center of the room. See the Engineering Standards and Specifications Guide for more information.

  • AASHTO LRFD bridge design specifications: customary U.S. units. 4th ed. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). (SciRef TG310 .A43 2007).
  • AASHTO LRFD movable highway bridge design specifications. 2nd ed. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures. (SciRef TG420.A43 2007).
  • Guide manual for condition evaluation and load and resistance factor rating (LRFR) of highway bridges. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). (SciRef TG305.A47 2003).
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers. ITS Standards.
  • LRFD bridge construction specifications. 2nd ed. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). (SciRef TG310.A27 2004).
  • Standard specifications for highway bridges. 17th ed. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). (SciRef TG310.A6).
  • Standard specifications for transportation materials and methods of sampling and testing. 25th ed. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). (Sci Ref TE 200.A615 2005).
  • Standard Specifications, Highways and Bridges. State of Maine. Department of Transportation. (SciRef TE5062.M2M2 1995).



  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics. An excellent source of statistics on all types of transportation, from travel surveys to airline on-time statistics to transportation economics. Includes the National Transportation Statistics, 2000-2002 and the Transportation Key Indicators Report.
  • Energy Information Administration. Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government.
  • Helps consumers make informed fuel economy choices when purchasing a vehicle and helps them achieve the best fuel economy possible from the cars they own. Maintained jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Includes data, statistical reports and references.
  • Journal of Transportation and Statistics. U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Electronic journal
  • MVMA motor vehicle facts and figures. Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association. (HD9710.U5M63a 1978 - 1992 Latest Edition in Reference, 1st floor)
  • Traffic Volume Trends (TVT). Monthly report based on hourly traffic count data reported by States. Data collected at approximately 4,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide and used to estimate the percent change in traffic for the current month compared with the same month in the previous year. TVT archive goes back to 1992; additional vehicle-miles of travel (VMT) data back to 1970. From the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  • TranStats: The Intermodal Transportation Database. Database provided by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. DOT.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States.
  • Statistical Universe. Database from Lexis/Nexis which provides access to a wide variety of statistical resources.


Professional Societies & Research Organizations



Graduate School, Postdoctoral Studies, Careers, Jobs, & Internships


Citation Guides and Style Manuals at Fogler

  • Using the engineering literature / edited by Bonnie A. Osif; London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. (SciRef T10.7 .U85 2006)
  • A writer's handbook for engineers / David A. McMurrey, Joanne Buckley; Toronto, Ont., Canada : Thomson, c2008. (SciRef T11 .M3685 2008)

Company & Product Directories

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