Skip Navigation

Water & Wastewater 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 Water & Wastewater 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 Selected Internet Sites
News Sources & Newspaper Indexes Biography & History
Library Catalogs Professional Societies & Research Organizations
Grant & Funding Sources Maine Organizations
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Education and Conservation Sites
Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works Citation Guides, Writing Manuals & Evaluation Criteria
Standards & Specifications Company & Product Directories

Indexes & Databases

Use these databases to locate citations or full text for journal articles, conference papers, technical reports and theses. Once you have located relevant articles, search URSUS by journal or book title to determine if Fogler Library owns the item. 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.

Most relevant databases:

  • Water Resources Abstracts. Index to international scientific literature on all aspects of water resource issues. Includes abstracts of journal articles, monographs, technical reports, books, and conference proceedings. Updated monthly and produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. Coverage is 1967 to the present. Also provides results of evaluated internet sites. Utilize the thesaurus for more precise search results.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management. Provides access to the electronic versions of several standard indexes all in one search: Agricultural & environmental biotechnology abstracts (1993-present); AFSA Aquatic pollution & environmental quality (1990-present); Ecology abstracts (1982-present); EIS Digests of environmental impact statements (1985-present); Environmental engineering abstracts (1990-present); Health & safety sciences abstracts (1981-present); Industrial & applied microbiology abstracts (Microbiology A) (1982-present); Bacteriology abstracts (Microbiology B) (1982-present); Pollution abstracts (1981-present); Risk abstracts (1990-present); Toxicology abstracts (1981-present); Water resources abstracts (1967-present). Helpful to search all the files at once.
  • Agricultural Engineering Abstracts. Part of the CAB Direct package.
    This package covers all areas of plant science, ecology, forestry, soil science, food science and biotechnology. Over 4 million records are searchable.
  • ASCE Library. The most extensive resource for civil engineering research and application-oriented content, with full text technical and professional articles from 34 ASCE Journals (1983 to the present), more than 340 Conference Proceedings, and more than 300 DRM-free E-books and Standards encompassing all civil engineering content areas, including construction, structures, transportation, geotechnics, environment, water resources, and civil engineering practice. For coverage prior to 1983, The Civil Engineering Database covers bibliographic records of ASCE documents published back to 1958, including journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals, magazines, and newsletters. Fogler Library also has the print copy of "Cumulative Index to ASCE Publications," 1950 - 1979: Sci Index TA1.A53.
  • BIOSIS Previews. Indexes over 5,200 scholarly journals. Most comprehensive database for biology, biotechnology and molecular biology. Coverage is 1969 - present.
  • Compendex(Engineering Index). Coverage is 1970 - Present. The best multidisciplinary engineering database that indexes over 5000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Use their subject headings to obtain more precise results. Access is provided by the following indexes: author, author's affiliation (university or company), keywords from the abstract and title, subject terms and source title (journal or conference title). Compendex is part of the Engineering Village. This service also provides specialized indexing of the Internet, a technical standards database, and a link to the U.S. Patent Database. Print copy at Sci Index TA1.E6, 1884 - 1995.
  • Web of Science. Coverage is 1900 to present. Online version of Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Citation searching provides one method for bringing your list of references more up- to- date. Take your most important known papers and use this index to determine if they have been cited by more recent journal articles. They index over 8,500 journals but do not include technical reports, conference papers or theses.
  • 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.
  • U.S.Environmental Protection Agency. Makes available many databases that index technical data and research reports. Review the list of research programs. National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS). This database contains the full text of over 6,000 EPA documents. Searching is by keyword.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Science Inventory. This is a searchable, agency-wide catalog of more than 4,000 science activities such as research, technical assistance and assessments, along with more than 750 peer-reviewed products and an archives of over 19,000 records.
  • U.S.G.S. Water Resources of the United States.

Additional relevant databases

  • ACS Journal Archives. Full Text of all ACS journals from volume 1 up until 5 years ago. Includes important titles: Chemical Research in Toxicology, Environmental Science and Technology, and Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. Provides for locating a known citation or searching by author, keywords or the full text of the articles.
  • AGRICOLA. 1979 - Present online. This database contains records for articles, technical reports, and book chapters on all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agricultural products, and alternative farming practices. (Non-UMaine users may want to use the AGRICOLA database at the National Agricultural Library website. ) Updated monthly.
  • Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology Abstracts. Coverage is 1993 to present. Produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. Covers biotechnological techniques in the food industry, agriculture, and the environment. Also covers a wide range of environmental developments and issues. Indexes a wide range of journals from genetics and cell biology to animal and crop science. Updated bimonthly.
  • AGRIS. 1975 - Present. This database is sponsored and produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. AGRIS is a cooperative system in which participating countries input references to the literature produced within their boundaries and, in return, draw on the information provided by the other participants. 199 national, international and intergovernmental centers participate. AGRIS indexes journal articles and books as well as technical and statistical reports and theses. The records have been divided into two parts: references from 1975 to 1995 are in an archive file and from 1996 to present in the current database. Updated monthly.
  • AIRSData. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards Information Transfer & Program Integration Division Information Transfer Group.
  • Academic Search Complete. 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. 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.
  • Chemical Abstracts. (Sci Index QD7.C44) Online access now available through SciFinder Scholar,1907 to present. Software needs to be loaded on your computer to utilize SciFinder Scholar. We have a contract for just one user at a time but the service is available almost 24/7. This is the major indexing source for the worldwide chemical literature. Published by the American Chemical Society. Approximately 14,000 journals are monitored, plus patents, conference proceedings, and other types of literature.
  • Chemical Data Access Tool (CDAT). Use CDAT to find health and safety information submitted to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including a broad range of health and safety information reported by industry under TSCA Sections 4,5, 8(d), and 8(e), unpublished, nonconfidential studies covering chemical testing results and adverse effects of chemicals on health and ecological systems, health and environmental effects information obtained through the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge, and recently declassified confidential business information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ecology Abstracts. 1982 - present
    Indexes the broad area of the interactions of organisms with their environment. Includes information on conservation, pollution, management, environmental degradation, and reclamation. Indexes approximately 5,000 journals. Updated monthly.
  • 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.
  • Georef. Coverage: 1785+ for North America and 1933+ for the rest of the world. Produced by the American Geological Institute, it covers geology and related disciplines including: geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology, mineralogy, and paleontology. Indexes over 3,500 journals as well as books, reports, theses and dissertations, maps, and conference proceedings and corresponds to the following print indexes: Bibliography and Index of North American Geology, Bibliography of Theses in Geology, Geophysical Abstracts, Bibliography and Index of Geology Exclusive of North America, and the Bibliography and Index of Geology. Updated monthly. Print copy located at Sci Index QE1.G2145
  • JSTOR. A digital full text archive of complete backfiles for 360 core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Contains 21 journals in the field of Ecology and 8 journals in Botany. Searchable by full text and author and title.
  • Maine Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program Index (MEMAP). Listing of programs that monitor and assess Maine's environment.
  • MSDS Search - National Repository. FULL TEXT DATABASE. This site pulls together in one place a great many sites containing material safety data sheets. Large list of manufacturers is included.
  • National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS). This Environmental Protection Agency site contains the full text of over 6,000 EPA documents. Searching is by keyword.
  • 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.
  • Proquest Digital Dissertations. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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

  • 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


  • URSUS. University of Maine System catalog. Use the Request function to request items from other campuses. Items are sent to Orono and loaned for 4 weeks.
  • MaineCat. College and university libraries in Maine. Use the Request function to request items from other libraries. Items are sent to Orono and loaned for 4 weeks.
  • WorldCat. International catalog containing the holdings of over 8,000 libraries.
  • Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) Catalog.



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.
  • Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology. 2nd ed. Wiley, 1996. (Sci Ref GE10.P67 1996)
  • Environmental Engineering Dictionary. 3rd ed. Government Institutes, 1998. (Sci Ref TD9.L44 1998)
  • Glossary of Hydrology. Water Resources Pub., 1992. (Sci Ref GB655.L6 1992)
  • Terms of Environment. By the U.S. EPA.
  • Water Science Glossary of Terms. USGS

Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works

  • Civil Engineering Handbook. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2003. (Sci Ref TA151.C57 2003)
  • Civil Engineering Reference Book. (Sci Ref TA151.C58 1989)
  • Coastal, Estuarial and Harbour Engineers' Reference Book. Spon, 1994. (ORO Stacks TC205.C56 1994)
  • CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae. 31st ed. CRC Press, 2003. (Sci Ref QA47.C17 2003)
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology. Academic Press, 2002 (Sci Ref Q123.E497 2002)
  • Engineering Fundamentals - EFUNDA. Materials, Formulas, Mathematics, Processes and Design, Etc.
  • Engineering Mathematics Handbook. (Sci Ref TA332.T85 1998)
  • Handbook of Civil Engineering Calculations. McGraw-Hill, 2000. (Sci Ref TA332.H53 2000)
  • Handbook of Coastal Engineering. McGraw-Hill, 2000. (Sci Ref TC205.H33 2000)
  • Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 4th ed. John Wiley, 1991. (Sci Ref TP9.E685 1991) Starting to receive the 5th ed. John Wiley, 2004. (Sci Ref TP0/K54 2004) Excellent resource for students and researchers of all levels. Covers all areas of chemical technology and articles are written by experts in the field. General scientific and technical articles are included. Extensive bibliographies. May need to consult the 2nd and 3rd editions for some topics in the ORO stacks.
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. Contains physical and chemical properties and exposure hazard information for several hundred chemicals that are common in the work environment.
  • Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers. 5th ed. Ed. by Jonathan Ricketts. McGraw-Hill, 2004. (Sci Ref TA151.S8 2004)
  • Standard Handbook of Engineering Calculations. (Sci Ref TA332.S73 1995)


  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation. Wiley, 1998. (Sci Ref GE10.E49 1998 vol. 1 - 8)
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Control Technology. Gulf Pub., 1989. (Sci Ref TD191.5.E5 1989 vol.1-8)
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering. 4th ed. Gordon and Breach Science, 1998. (Sci Ref TD9.E5 1998 vol. 1-2)
  • Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. Wiley, 2002. (Sci Ref GE45.S73E53 2002 vol. 1 - 4) Covers the use of quantitative measurements in the analysis of environmental phenomena and problems.
  • Encyclopedia of Hydrology and Water Resources. Kluwer Academic, 1998. (Sci Ref GB655.E53 1998)
  • Encyclopedia of Water. By David E. Newton. Greenwood Press, 2003. (Sci Ref GB655.N38 2003)
  • Encyclopedia of Water Science. By B.A. Stewart. M. Dekker, 2003. (Sci Ref S494.5.W3E54 2003)
  • Environmental Contaminant Reference Databook. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995. (Sci Ref TD196.C45P73 1995 vol. 1-3)
  • Environmental Remediation Estimating Methods. R.S. Means, 1997. (Sci Ref TD1052.R38 1997)
  • Environmental Technology Resources Handbook. Ed. by D. W. Gottlieb. Lewis, 2003. (Sci Ref TD169.5.G68 2003)
  • Field Analytic Technologies Encyclopedia (FATE). web site. This online encyclopedia is intended to provide information about technologies that can be used in the field to characterize contaminated soils and water. Provided by the U.S. EPA.
  • Handbook of Complex Environmental Remediation Problems. McGraw-Hill, 2002. (Sci Ref TD1060.H34 2002)
  • Handbook of Drinking Water Quality. AWWA, 1997. (Sci Ref TD365.D4897 1997)
  • Handbook of Environmental Data on Organic Chemicals. 4th ed. Wiley, 2001. (Sci Ref TD196.O73V47 2001)
  • Handbook of Hydrology. McGraw-Hill, 1993. (Sci Ref GB662.5M35 1993)
  • Handbook of Solid Waste Management. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2002. (ORO Stacks TD791.H2723 2002)
  • Hydraulic Design Handbook. Mc-Graw-Hill, 1999. (Sci Ref TC180.H94 1999)
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology. National Engineering Handbook. U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Hydrology Handbook. 2nd ed. ASCE, 1996. (Sci Ref GB661.2.H93 1996)
  • MSDS Search - National Repository. FULL TEXT DATABASE. This site pulls together in one place a great many sites containing material safety data sheets. Large list of manufacturers is included.
  • National Water Quality Handbook. U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2003. (Gov. Docs A57.6/2:W29/2)
  • Natural Systems for Wastewater Treatment. 2nd ed. Water Environment Federation, 2001. (Sci Ref TD745.N345 2001)
  • Quality of our Nation's Waters: Nutrients and Pesticides. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1225. USGS, 1999.
  • Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials. 10th ed. Wiley, 2000. (Sci Ref T55.3.H3L494 2000, v. 1-3)
  • Standard Handbook of Environmental Engineering. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 1999. (Sci Ref TD145.S72 1999)
  • Standard Handbook of Environmental Science, Health and Technology. McGraw-Hill, 2000. (Sci Ref GE123.S73 2000)
  • Standard Handbook of Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 1998. (Sci Ref TD1032.S73 1998)
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 20th ed. American Public Health Assoc., American Water Works Assoc. and Water Environment Federation. (Sci Ref QD142.A5 20th ed. 1998 Standards Shelves)
  • Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes and Practices. U.S. Dept of Agriculture and other agencies, 1998. (Gov Docs A57.6/2:En/Pt.653)
  • Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) EPA database about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities by many industries.
  • U.S.Geological Survey. National Water Quality Assessment Data Warehouse.
  • Water and Wastewater Microbiology. Ed. by D. Mara. Elsevier, 2003. (ORO Stacks QR48.H36 2003)
  • Water Quality and Treatment. 5th ed. American Water Works Assoc., 1999. (Sci Ref TD430.W365 1999)
  • Water Quality Standards Handbook. 2nd ed. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1994.
  • Water Treatment Plant Design. 3rd ed. American Water Works Assoc., 1998. (Sci Ref TD434.W38 1998)


Standards & Specifications


  • NSSN. National Standards Systems Network. Searchable bibliographic database of thousands of industrial standards and specifications and links to many standards-issuing organizations.
  • TechStreet Standards Index. Indexes over 500,000 standards from 10,000 organizations.

Standards owned at Fogler Library:

  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 20th ed. American Public Health Asoc, American Water Works Assoc. and Water Environment Federation. (Sci Ref QD142.A5 20th ed. 1998 Standards Shelves)

Biography & History

Professional Societies & Research Organizations

Maine Organizations


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

Citation Guides, Writing Manuals & Evaluation Criteria

Company & Product Directories

Created by: Martin Wallace | Revised: 06/20/2014

5729 Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5729
Phone: 207.581.1661 | Fax: 207.581.1653
© Copyright 2000-2014     
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469