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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Why use dictionaries and/or encyclopedias?

Background sources such as, but not limited to, dictionaries and encyclopedias provide context for your topic or even help you choose one. Researchers use them when they need:

  • A brief overview of a topic
  • Definitions of terminology
  • Important issues, figures, dates, and/or events for a topic
  • Sources for further research in the form of bibliographies

VMI Online Library Catalog

Find books about civil engineering by using Preston Library's catalog.  The search box is below:

Tips for searching are:

  • Keyword
  • Subject Heading
  • Limit by format, author, date, and more

You can also browse the civil engineering section on the 400 level [TA], but there are other aspects of civil engineering located on the 600 level [GB-KF].  Library of Congress call numbers with subject headings are as follows:

Call number range LC Subject Heading
GB 1001 - GB 1005 Groundwater Hydrology
HD 9715 - HD 9718 Construction Management
HE 370 - HE 380 Traffic Engineering
HV 675 Prevention of Accidents
KF 390 .E54 Engineering Law
KF 902 Contracts. Construction Industry
KF 3812 Air Pollution - Laws and Legislation
KF 3948 Laws - Atomic Power Radiation
KF 3950 Laws - Atomic Waste Disposal
QC 795.3 Radioactive Substances. Special Aspects
QD 561 Ions and Ionization
QE 602 - QE 606 Structural Geology
RA 565 - RA 598 Sanitation and Sanitary Control
RA 1231 .R2 Radioactive Substances - Toxicology
S 591 - S593 Soils Classification - Analysis
T 57.6 - T 57.95 Operations Research - Systems Analysis
TA Civil Engineering
TC 7 - TC 1645 Hydraulic Engineering
TE 7 - TE 450 Highway Engineering - Roads and Pavements
TF Railroad Engineering and Operation
TH 425 - TH 435 Building - Contracts and Specifications
TH 1094 - TH 1095 Earth Movements and Buildings
TL 725 - TL 758 Transportation

CE Reference Books

eReference Resources