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Civil and Environmental Engineering: Get Started

About This Guide

This guide has the information to get you started on your research. The steps to finding books, journal articles or other types of resouces on a specific topic are outlined in the following pages.

Doing research can be messy! But research skills improve with time and practice. Start here and ask for help when needed.

Library Contact Information

For immediate assistance, call the Information Desk in the Davis Centre Library at 519-888-4883 ext. 36913. Electronic reference service is also available via the Ask a Librarian chat and email services.

Info for Advanced Researchers

If you're a faculty member or instructor at Waterloo, you may be looking for more advanced strategies than our Top 5 Tips. We've got you covered! Check out the Faculty and Instructors page for information specific to your Library needs. 

Need Help? Contact Your Librarian!

I am your Librarian, here to help you with formulating a search query, finding resources, performing a literature review, finding a journal to publish your article in, weighing your publishing options - and so much more! Please contact me to book a personal appointment when you have a question.

New to the Library? Check out our Top 5 Tips

  1. Use your WatCard - Your WatCard is your library card. Use it to sign out books, journals, reserve materials, and more! You'll also need your WatCard barcode number for accessing the Library's electronic resources from off campus. Additionally, your WatCard is your printing and photocopying card for use in all of the Library's locations.
  2. Sign up for a Library workshop - Save yourself time and aggravation during the assignment crunch. Attend a library workshop to learn the basics of university-level Library research.
  3. Check out the Library's Research guides by subject - The Library's research guides by subject are your starting point for research. Now that you're in your department's research guide, get started checking out tips and tricks to help you with your research.
  4. Connect from home - Living off camus? Away for the weekend? Studying at the Starbucks down the street? If you're off campus, then remember to Get Access Off Campus using your barcode and last name before you start doing any research. This will give you access to the millions of articles, e-books, and other electronic resources available through the Library's website (the stuff you'd never get to access off of Google).
  5. Ask a Librarian - Don't waste time getting stuck! If you need help, book an appointment with Rachel Figueiredo, your personal librarian, or contact a librarian via IM, email, phone, or at our research help desks.