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Civil Engineering: Books


Engineering Books : Circulating Books & Reference Books

The University Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. The general classifications used in civil engineering are:

TA 1-2040 Engineering (general) Civil engineering (general)

  • TA170-171 Environmental engineering
  • TA401-492 Materials of engineering and construction (including strength of materials)
  • TA495 Disasters and engineering
  • TA630-695 Structural engineering (general)
  • TA703-712 Engineering geology. Rock mechanics. Soil mechanics.
  • TA800-820 Tunneling. Tunnels.
  • TA1001-1280 Transportation engineering.

TC1-978 Hydraulic engineering

TC1501-1800 Ocean engineering

TE1-450 Highway engineering

TG1-470 Bridge engineering

TH1-9745 Building construction

How to Search for Books in the Main Stacks (those you can borrow only):

Go to the OSCAR Advanced Search page.

Type in your search terms in the boxes provided.  In the box called "Optional Search Limits/Sorts," under location--select University Library Main Stacks.  Do your search.

Reference Books

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks , guides, technical standards, etc. can be found in the Library. These reference tools and others help define terminology and provide a context for the subject area. Background reading can help you choose a specific topic to pursue for your research. Reference materials are for library use only and cannot be checked out.

To search Reference Books only, follow the "How to Search..." directions above, and instead of University Main Stacks, select "University Library Reference Collection."

There is also a collection of electronic reference books in the ENGnetBASE database.

Not at the SCU Library?

Try LINK+. A service which allows students, faculty and staff to borrow books from a group of other university, college and public libraries. The books will be available for pickup at the the Library Circulation Desk usually within 3 days. After any search in OSCAR, you may re-do the search in LINK+ by clicking on the Search LINK+ button at the top of the screen.

We can obtain photocopies of articles and borrow books not available through LINK+ for you through our Interlibrary Loan & LINK+ service. Just follow the directions on OSCAR for an INTERLIBRARY LOAN. Items such as journal articles can be delivered to your SCU e-mail inbox. Other materials such as books that must come through the mail may take 3-10 working days.