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Building engineering handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries

Below is a selection of the more important sources of information on Building Engineering available at Concordia Library. It includes material held in the Webster Library (WEB) on the Sir George Williams Downtown Campus, the Vanier Library (VAN) on the Loyola Campus and/or available online. Most materials are located in the Reference area (REF). This is not a complete list. Additional resources may be found by searching CLUES, the library catalogue.

Guides to engineering information

These resources will help you to identify many major sources of information. You can then check in CLUES to see if the newly located items are in the library.


These resources provide definitions and background information on a topic.

Translation dictionaries

These resources provide definitions and background information on a topic.


These resources provide definitions and background information on a topic. Some encyclopedias may also direct you to further sources of information.


These resources vary in the content they provide. You may find definitions, background information, in-depth discussion of a topic, or data. Some may also direct you to further sources of information.

Many handbooks are in the circulating collection so check CLUES for additional items. Do a KEYWORD search and type in a word describing your topic and the word "handbooks", e.g. KEYWORD > refrigeration handbooks.

Costs estimating handbooks


Directories provide information about people, products and companies. Internet searching may also retrieve similar information.

Indexes and databases

These resources will enable you to identify articles from periodicals (journals) by subject. Databases are listed on the Library's web site. References in some databases have a link that says Find it!@Concordia. This link helps you to know whether Concordia has the journal mentioned in the reference.

A journal title search in CLUES will also show you if the periodical is available at Concordia. Most databases listed are licensed by the Concordia Library and require a Library PIN to be accessed off-campus.

Standards and codes

These are arranged in alphabetical order by issuing body on shelves designated "Standards" in the Webster Library Reference area. Standards are listed in CLUES but some can still be difficult to find. If you are not sure if the library has a copy of a standard you are looking for, speak to a Reference Librarian.

Examples of major standard-making bodies are: ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials); ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers); CSA (Canadian Standards Association); CGSB (Canadian General Standards Board); IES (Illuminating Engineering Society); NFPA (United States National Fire Protection Association); NRC (National Research Council of Canada which produces the National Building Codes). Most organizations have their own web sites to identify standards. Some codes and standards are posted on the Internet by their issuing bodies.

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