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Subject Guide for Architectural Engineering

A discipline that deals with the technological aspects of buildings, including the properties and behavior of building materials and components, foundation design, structural analysis and design, environmental system analysis and design, construction management, and building operation. Environmental systems, which may account for 45-70% of a building's cost, include heating, ventilating and air conditioning, illumination, building power systems, plumbing and piping, storm drainage, building communications, acoustics, vertical and horizontal transportation, fire protection, alternate energy sources, heat recovery, and energy conservation. In addition, to help protect the public from unnecessary risk,architectural engineers must be familiar with the various building codes, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes, and the Life Safety Code. (Access Science).


  • Starting Your Research
  • Find Articles
  • Find Books
  • Online Resources
  • Citing

Start your research with reference resources like dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, and manuals.


+ Dictionaries

These publications provide background information, definitions and explanations of terms.

CU Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations

Wiley Dictionary of Civil Engineering and Construction.
Engineering Library Reference TA9 .W44 1997


+ Encyclopedias

These publications provide background information, definitions and explanations of terms.

CU Access Science: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia Of Science & Technology


+ Handbooks and Manuals


APA Engineered Wood Handbook

Full-text in Knovel Library
Also available in print: Engineering Library Reference TA666 A634 2002


Concrete Construction Engineering Handbook
Engineering Library Reference TA 681 C743 2008


CU EngNetBase--over 400 CRC engineering handbooks online


Formulas for Structural Dynamics: Tables, Graphs, and Solutions
Engineering Library Stacks TA 654 K27 2000


Handbook of Structural Engineering, 2nd ed

Full-text in ENGnetBASE

Also available in print: Engineering Library Stacks TA 633 H36 2005


CU Knovel Library --Combines essential and authoritative reference books and databases from more than 30 Sci-Tech publishers and professional societies including, McGraw Hill, John Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Industrial Press, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Covers 17 industrially important subject areas in the fields of Chemistry and the Life Sciences; Materials; and Engineering.

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Structural Engineering Handbook
Engineering Library Reference TA 635 S77 1997


Structural Steel Designer's Handbook, 3rd ed.

Full-text in Knovel Library

4th Edition available in print: Engineering Library Reference TA684 S79 2006


Wood Engineering and Construction Handbook
Engineering Library Reference TA 666 W63 1997


Search Chinook to find additional handbooks and manuals:


Library of Congress Subject

Structural Analysis Engineering Handbooks Manuals Etc

Library of Congress Subject

Structural design -- Handbooks, manuals, etc





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Find Articles & More Article Finder Find it at CU Find Journals in Chinook


Find Articles and More--When you need to find articles on a topic



Article Finder--When you know the article you need

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In some article databases, you will see a "Find it at CU" link. Find it at CU will link you from citations to the full text of the desired item in another article database. For more information about Find it at CU, please see the Find it at CU FAQ. Not all databases can be set up to work with Find it at CU.


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If you do not see a link to Find it at CU, note the name of the publication where the article was published and then check Chinook (the library catalog) to see where the publication is available. [More information on deciphering citations]

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Find journals and other periodicals in Chinook:



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Library of Congress Classification

Books in the University Libraries are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification system. This system assigns a call number with letters and numbers to each book based on the book's subject. Once you find a good book on your subject, browse the books in that call number range to find books with similar subjects.



Call Numbers
TH845-895 Architectural engineering. Structural engineering of buildings
TA630-695 Structural engineering (General)



Chinook is the catalog for materials owned by the CU Libraries. You can do a title search for a specific book, or a keyword search if you are looking for books on a particular topic. You can also use MyChinook to manage your library account (including renewals, holds, recalls, saved searches, etc.)  

Chinook Catalog


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Video Video Tutorial: Chinook Keyword Search

For Tips on developing keywords for your topic go to: How do I Choose Keywords for my search

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If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. CU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.

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Request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/ill/

If the item you are looking for is not in Chinook or Prospector, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Generally, an ILL request will take longer to be delivered than material requested through Prospector.

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These are relevant resources that are freely available on the Web.

InfoMine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections: Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Math


Intute: Science, Engineering and Technology





This federated vertical search portal was created through the collaboration of 21 leading science and technology societies. It searches the entire electronic libraries of these societies, including more than three million documents, peer-reviewed journal content and technical conference papers, spanning 150 years of science and technology can be searched through the site. Though the search is freely available, access to many documents requries authentication. Coverage varies.

Search these websites using this Google Custom Search:





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Citation Styles and Manuals RefWorks Tips & Strategies


Citation Styles and Manuals



Turabian (Chicago)

  • Turabian: a form of Chicago Style (PDF document)
  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    16th edition, chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003
    Sections 16 and 17.
    Call number: Z253 .C57 2003


A personal online database and bibliography creator that allows users to create a personal database online, import references automatically from multiple databases, organize references, and quickly format bibliographies and manuscripts. You will need to create a login and password. Provided by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.


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Tips & Strategies

Pick an Interesting Topic It is easier to express your own opinions and thoughts if you are interested in the topic.


Manage Your Time

Many students are tempted to plagiarize because they do not start researching and writing far enough in advance. Start your paper at least 3 weeks before the due date. Plagiarism could compromise your entire academic career. Speak to your professor if you have run out of time.


Create a Bibliography as you Research

Record the sources you consult. Include all the bibliographic information needed in your works cited (Author, Title, Pages, Publisher, Year, Volume, Issue).This will help you to cite correctly and to compile your works cited.


Take Clear Notes

Designate all direct quotes with quotation marks.

Designate when you are paraphrasing.

Electronic Research and Note taking is the same: Use quotation marks when you cut and paste.

Always note the source/ author.


Be Careful with Paraphrasing

Be sure you understand the text.

Do not look at the original source when writing your paraphrase.

Reorganize the information in your own words and in your own style.

Check to be sure you have not used the vocabulary or structure of the original work.

Mention the author near or in your paraphrase.


And Remember to Cite:

Any information that was not originally created by you:
  • Quotations
  • Key terms or phrases
  • Ideas
  • Facts not broadly known
  • Images and Sounds
Any material from another source regardless of where you found it:
  • Printed sources
  • Electronic sources
  • Conversation or email
  • Recorded sources
  • Images

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