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Transportation Engineering

Databases: find journal articles, technical reports, standards, etc.

  • TRID: the TIRS & ITRD Database. TRID is the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information. It is produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies with sponsorship by State Departments of Transportation, the various administrations at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other sponsors of TRB's core technical activities. ITRD is produced by ITRD member organizations under the sponsorship of Joint Transport Research Centre (collectively JTRC) of the International Transport Forum and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ITRD. TRID covers all modes and disciplines of transportation and contains more than 900,000 records of published research. Over 64,000 records contain links to full-text documents. A Transportation Research Thesaurus is available to download and provide guidance on searching TRID.
  • Academic Search Complete. Provides full text for over 3,200 scholarly publications.
  • Document Database. Provides indexing and access to the full text of technical reports on fuel cells, hybrid vehicles, alternative fuels, etc. Produced by the Dept. of Energy, Clean Cities Program.
  • Alternative Fuels Data Center. Document Database.
  • ASCE Civil Engineering Database (CEDB). ASCE's CEDB covers bibliographic records of ASCE documents published back to 1958, including journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals, magazines, and newsletters. Some full-text available.
  • Business Source Complete. Provides full text for over 2500 business journals.
  • Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Scientific and Technical Information Network. . PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE.  Access to all unclassified, unlimited citations to documents added 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.
  • Google Scholar. Indexes scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar includes articles from a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities. They rank results based on their relevance criteria.
  • Ingenta (Formerly UnCover). Coverage is 1988 - Present.
  • MasterFILE Premier. Provides full text for over 1,830 general reference, business, consumer health, general science. Full text extends back to January, 1990. Indexing and abstracts is available for an additional 1,000 journals.
  • NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). This database collects, archives, and disseminates aerospace information produced by NASA and other relevant worldwide research.
  • National Transportation Library. Subject concentrations include general transportation, surface, and water transportation. Special topics include: bridge construction and maintenance, driver studies, engineering, highways and highway safety, history of transportation, land utilization, marine engineering, mass transit, merchant marine, navigation, oceanography, pipelines, railroads, ships and shipbuilding, statistics, traffic engineering, traffic surveys and forecasts, urban transportation, and waterways One of the NTL’s fastest-growing collections is exclusively digital, serving as a permanent archive for statistical, technical, research and policy documents required by researchers and decision makers and provided to NTL by federal, state, local, tribal and other government agencies. The Library also maintains a sizable law collection. It includes general legal materials, with a specialty in government administration, as well as materials specifically related to transportation law.
  • National Standards Systems Network (NSSN). Index to engineering standards.
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Database. Contains over 2.0 million bibliographic records to research reports, computer products, software, video cassettes, audio cassettes and more from the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. The complete electronic file dates back to 1964. Most records include abstracts. Full text to research reports may be purchased from NTIS using the links in the bibliographic records.
  • 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.
  • State of Maine. Department of Transportation. They have a publications page which has some recent reports in PDF format. 
  • TechStreet: Technical Information Superstore. Most comprehensive index for engineering standards. Also indexes books, materials physical property data, software and free professional trade magazines.
  • TranStats: The Intermodal Transportation Database. Database provided by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. DOT.
  • TRB Publications Index. 1970's to present. Indexes all NCHRP and TRB publications.
  • TRB Research in Progress. Contains over 6,000 projects. Most of these have received state or federal funding. 
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy. Scientific and Technical Information.
  • U.S. Dept. of Transportation. Online Publications. Search Page
  • U.S. Patent database. See also the Patent and Trademark Resource Center web site.

Transportation Research Board. Publications.

Fogler owns almost all of their publications and now many are freely available on the Internet. They publish several technical reports series that disseminate important transportation research results. Use the TRB Publications Index or the URSUS online catalog to locate reports on your topic. They also make available the Research in Progress Database. This includes over 6,000 projects. Most of these have received state or federal funding.
Technical report series of the TRB: See TRB Publications:
   National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Report. (TE7.N25)
   National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Research Results Digest.
   National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Web Documents
.   Special Reports. (Most are located at TE1.N25 or check URSUS)
   Synthesis of Highway Practice (TE7.H51)
   Synthesis of Transit Practice (TA1001.5.N381)
   Transit Cooperative Research Program. Publications
   Transit Cooperative Research Program. Research Results Digest.
   Transit Cooperative Research Program. Web Documents
.   Transportation Research Board. Special Report. (TE1.N25)

Library Catalogs

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • 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.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.
  • Encyclopedia, almanac, atlas, dictionary and thesaurus in one resource with good science and technology coverage. Nobel and science awards page
  • Transportation Glossary.

Educational Resources

Maine Resources

Maine Publications

Professional Societies

Government Resources

Transportation Statistics

Selected Internet Sites and Reports

Internet Directories

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Updated: 06/20/2014
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