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Database Tutorials

This LibGuide contains step by step instructions for majority of research databases available in the Wolfgram collection.

About this Database

The world’s largest full-text database of civil engineering research and applications-oriented articles.

The ASCE Library provides a comprehensive online tool for locating articles of interest across all disciplines of civil engineering. It contains:

  • Journals papers from 1983 to the present—includes all 33 ASCE journals.
  • Online Proceedings titles from 2000 to the present and selected titles from 1996—300+ proceedings titles.

Navigate to the ASCE Library

Wolfgram Memorial Library Homepage A to Z Database ListASCE Library

Basic Search

Go to ASCE Library, click Search, then choose Advanced Search

  1. Enter your search terms / keywords
  2. Search by citation
  3. Browse articles by CAS section
  4. Use the Advanced Search a more detailed search

*NOTE: When searching from off campus, be sure to access the ASCE Library from the Wolfgram Library A - Z Database list to ensure you have access to the materials available with our subscription. You should see "Access provided by Widener University" directly below the ASCE Library logo.

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Results List

From the results page, you can use the limiters to narrow your search even further by choosing:

  • Content Type
  • Publication Date
  • Technical Topics
  • Geographic Topics
  • Book Title

Click the article title to view the item details, access the full text (when available) or sharing options.

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Full Text Article Features

ASCE materials are available in multiple delivery formats:

1. Full Text HTML Option:

  • Clickable author names to find more articles by the author.
  • Quick access to and zoom on tables and figures in the article.
  • Inline clickable references bring you to the full citation information.
  • Links to related articles available in the ASCE Library.

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Click on the tabs for actionable abstract, article outline, figures and tables, and references

Image of an example of actionable abstract, article outline, figures & tables, reference tool, as described above.

2. ACS ActiveView | Interactive PDF

An interactive PDF offers table and figure navigation, annotation tools and sharing capabilities

*Note: An ACS ID required to make use of the features offered in the  PDF.


Image of an example of ACS ActiveView PDF, highlighting the annotation tools and sharing functionality as described above.

3. PDF Format:

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