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Construction management and engineering: Further sources

A guide to finding information in construction management and engineering. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.


The Library holds British parliamentary papers, including debates, command papers, House of Commons and House of Lords papers going back to 1801. It also has all statutes (acts) and statutory instruments. These can be found in the Law Section on the 4th Floor. For more information, see the Law Libguide.

In addition, there are several subject specific titles, which are particularly relevant to construction management:

Building law reports

Construction law reports

Housing law reports

Please note that although law reports are classified as periodicals on the Library catalogue, they are actually shelved as a separate sequence in the law section, on the 4th Floor of the Library.

For more information about online sources of legal information consult the E-resources section of the Law Libguide.


Depending upon your individual research subject, statistical sources could be important for you. The Library has a good collection of British official statistics. European Union statistics are also well-covered. Many statistics are now also appearing on the Internet.

These are some of the guides to finding statistical information:

Guide to official statistics (Great Britain)
4th Floor Reference--314.2-GRE
UK Statistics Authority

Practical mini-guide: Eurostat publications and databases EDC Abstracts and Indexes (4th Floor)
Eurostat website

Instat: international statistical sources
4th Floor Reference--310.016-FLE

Statistics Europe: sources for social, economic and market research
4th Floor Reference--314-HAR

SubNatStats 1999: a subject index to sub-national statistics
4th Floor Reference--314.2-SUB

You can consult the catalogue for titles of specific statistical series. Most are shelved as periodicals. There are a number specific to construction management and they include:

Housing statistics /Housing and construction statistics (1969-2002)
Periodical Folio--338.4769
Current UK Housing Statistics

New house building statistics
Periodical Folio--338.4769


Reading University theses and dissertations

The Library receives a copy of all theses accepted for the degrees of PhD and MPhil by the University. All theses held by the Library can be found on the Enterprise catalogue. Recently submitted theses might also be available to download from the University's Institutional Repository, CentAUR.

Masters theses can usually be consulted in the relevant school or department.

Finding theses from other institutions

There are a number of specialist sources for finding theses produced at other institutions around the world. Many more are becoming available online making it much easier to get the full-text. For more information see our guide to finding theses.

Conference papers

Conference papers are published in a variety of ways - they may be published as a book, or as a special issue or supplement to a journal. Some may not be published at all!

If published promptly they can you give you the latest information on research in your field.

See our guide to finding conference papers for details of specialist sources for finding this type of information.


Newspapers can be a good source for the latest developments in a field and for current opinion on controversial topics.

We have online access to a number of current and archive newspaper issues. For further information and links go to our Finding newspapers page.

Maps & atlases

Maps can be used in nearly all disciplines to either research or display spatial information, including Construction management and engineering.  The University Library contains about 70,000 maps and atlases, covering the whole world. They include original and facsimile maps from medieval to modern times, and access to online resources is also available.

To find out how maps can help you, see our presentation on Using maps for your research.

See our Guide to finding and using printed and digital maps for more information and help on getting started.

For digital maps of Great Britain, the best place to start is Digimap. This includes four datasets, including contemporary Ordnance Survey maps; historical Ordnance Survey maps; geology maps; and environmental land cover maps. Maps can be printed out or data downloaded for use in a geographical information system.

For further help and advice, contact the Map Librarian.