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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.

Search Summon discovery service

Search Summon to find online journal articles and book chapters.

Other useful resources

Accessing e-resources off campus

When you are off-campus you will need to login via the Online Resources Single Sign On page to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals. This login page will only appear when you try to access a resource, it is not a portal you login to prior to selecting a resource.

If you require further information see our guide:

Property market information

There are a number of specialist resources in this area, located in the ARC. For all these resources go to the ARC 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 ARC 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 Suite provides comprehensive information on the UK commercial property industry . It is only accessible from the ARC.
  • BCIS (Building Cost Information Service)
    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. This service is only available on campus.

Videos: doing your literature search

These two videos show you how to prepare for and perform a literature search. The first video introduces literature searches and outlines their benefits and features. The second video includes information about the sources and techniques you can use to find the most relevant information. This information is also available as a written guide to Doing your literature search. We also have a guide to Effective database searching.

What is a literature search and why do one?

Sources and techniques for finding most relevant information