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Real estate and planning: E-resources
A guide to finding information in real estate and planning. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.
BCIS is provided by the Building Cost Information Service, which is part of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. The service aims to provide current, accurate information on UK building costs and tender prices.
Includes All in Tender Price Index and The General Building Cost Index. Data is editable and allows the user to select average prices and, update project costs. Running Costs include: lifecycle costing, benchmarking, planning, budgeting, forecasting, estimating, and cost control.
Online news, research and analysis for the UK commercial property market.
You must register to use Radius Data Exchange. You must register using your University email address ending in @reading.ac.uk / @henley.ac.uk / @reading.edu.my. No other email addresses will be accepted.
-the latest UK commercial property news
-a news archive
-UK market data, building reports, company reports and town reports
-EGi’s planning, availability and deals database
-coverage of UK property law including case summaries, law reports and planning policy guidance
Please note, Radius Data Exchange does not include access to Estates Gazette magazine. For this title, please clickhere.
Full-text of UK, US, EU and Commonwealth legal sources. Contents include:
-UK cases including The Law Reports, All England Law Reports, and English Reports
-Cases of the Irish, Northern Ireland, and Scottish Courts from 1945.
-All current Public General Acts and Statutory Instruments of England and Wales
-Halsbury's Laws of England
-Hill and Redman Law of Landlord and Tenant
-European Union cases from 1954
-European Union legislation
-Commonwealth cases and legislation, particularly from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa
-US Federal and State case law
-US Federal legislation
-Comprehensive collection of US law reviews from 1982
-UK broadsheets as well as local newspapers in the UK
Gives references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings and patents in all subjects. Also offers extensive tools to analyse results, and measure impact for articles, journals and authors.
Scopus gives references to peer-reviewed literature in all subject areas. It includes journal articles (including 'in press' items), books, conference proceedings and patents.
It is possible to search for topics, authors (including by ORCID ID), author affiliation and funders.
Extensive analytical tools also allow you to:
-analyse your search results by year, source, author, affiliation, country or territory, document type and subject area
-compare journal impact to help you decide where to publish
-see the citation impact and scholarly community engagement for an article
-analyse the citation trend for any given article, set of results or for a list of author documents
-view an author profile to analyse and track an individual's citation history
Gives references to journal articles in the social sciences. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection.
Includes: Anthropology; History; Industrial relations; Law ; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political science ; Psychology and psychiatry; Public health; Social issues; Social work; Sociology; Urban studies; Women's studies.
- UK cases, including The Law Reports, Weekly Law Reports and English Reports
- Fully consolidated laws in force, including Acts from 1267 and Statutory Instruments from 1948.
- European Union cases from 1954
- European Union legislation
- Index to British legal journals from 1986 (with links to full-text where hosted on Westlaw UK)
- Full-text British and American legal journals (varying date coverage)
- Comprehensive collection of US law reviews from the 1980s and selected journals from common law jurisdictions, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
- US Federal and State case law
- US Federal legislation
If you are on campus you will be able to access most e-journals and e-books, and some databases, without entering a username and password because your IP address identifies you as being at the University of Reading.
For any that require a login, see the Off-campus tab.
When you are off-campus you will need to login to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals.
Your login details
You login in the same way as for Blackboard - via Microsoft. Just enter your University username followed by @student.reading.ac.uk (e.g. email@example.com) and your password. If this is the first time you have logged in via this method when off-campus you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication. For more information see:
For most resources, if you follow a link from our website or catalogues your login will be picked up automatically or you will be prompted to login straightaway.
If you access resources via another route you will need to look for a login option once you reach the resource you are trying to access. Look for an institutional or shibboleth login option and pick 'University of Reading' from a list of institutions. This will then pick up your login or prompt you to login. For more information about institutional login, please see the link below:
There are a number of specialist resources in this area, located in the Henley Business School Library. For all these resources go to the Henley Business School Library BlackBoard organisation and sign up in advance of using (the information is all there). Passwords and usernames will either be provided or emailed. These resources are ONLY available to Real estate and planning staff/students.
Property market reports
The Henley Business School Library has a collection of printed property market reports, indices and other research publications by chartered surveyors and related professions, but these are now moving online via Property Week. Many companies now make their research data available in the internet.
CoStar Suite CoStar Suiteprovides comprehensive information on the UK commercial property industry . It is only accessible from the Henley Business School Library.
EPRA website offers access to up to 20 years of listed real estate data index and company performance data in a range of buildable & downloadable charts/graphs.
IPD is a performance analysis database specialising in the real estate investment sector across 32 countries.
Revo formaly BCSC (British Council of Shopping Centres)
Provides access to the BCSC online directory of 2600+ retail property professionals, BCSC research and guidance notes, and industry conferences and events.
Videos: doing your literature search
This playlist of two videos shows you how to prepare for and perform a literature search. The first video introduces literature searches and their role. The second video covers using the search operators AND and OR to create a search statement, and explains the role of wildcards and truncation in constructing a comprehensive search. This information is also available in written guides - see the links below.
If you are unable to view these videos on YouTube they are also available on YuJa or Stream (University username and password required):