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Civil & Environmental Engineering: Finding Journal Articles & Conference Papers

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students studying Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Journal articles & conference papers


A journal is a collection of articles that is published regularly throughout the year. 

A conference paper is the text of a paper or presentation given at a conference. Papers from a particular conference are often compiled together as a conference proceeding. They may be published as a book, a special issue or supplement of a journal, or as part of a series. 

Academic journal articles and conference papers are one way in which you can find in-depth analysis on particular issues and current research information in a field. They can be found by using the library catalogue, but we recommend you look in a discipline-specific database. 

Discipline-specific databases


For a broader search across different publishers

Search from one publisher

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Database searching guides


A single box search

Type or copy/paste your search string into the search box.

concrete AND foundation* AND (wood* OR timber) AND (moisture OR water)


Scopus advanced search

A single box Advanced Search

  • choose Advanced Search
  • type or copy/paste search string into one search box
  • select Anywhere except  full text - NOFT as search field


Multi-box Advanced Search

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine containing scholarly material like journal articles, conference papers, and books. Before beginning your search, make sure your account has access to Full text @ UTS.

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Database search tips

  • Plan your search by identifying keywords of your topic, and synonyms of the keywords
  • Turn the keywords and synonyms into search terms, e.g. “civil engineering”, wood*
  • Connect search terms by Boolean operators and brackets: AND, OR, NOT, ()
  • Choose appropriate search field, e.g. Article title, Abstract, Keywords 
  • Choose “peer reviewed” option to find academic journal articles
  • Use "Source/Document Type" option to refine the search results to journal articles or conference papers.
  • Look at an article’s reference list (cited articles) and citing articles to expand related resources and discover the research cycle