Marx Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Library Resources for CE 360/367/460

These reference sources may help you find good information for this class. This page is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research and assignments. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Library Links:

  • Marx Library Homepage - University of South Alabama
  • SOUTHCat - the catalog of the libraries of the University of South Alabama. It contains records for books, e-books, journal titles, DVDs, CDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries.
  • Our Journal List - the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go here to see if the Libraries have a subscription to this particular volume, issue and year of the journal you need. Occasionally the information is incorrect and/or unclear. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availability of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for a year from their publication date.)
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Library Catalog:

The catalog contains records for books, e‐books, journals, CD‐ROMs, CDs, DVDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama.

Search tips:

  • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("water resources engineering")
  • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (hydraulic? finds hydraulic and hydraulics)
  • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "water resources engineering," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that related subject terms are "hydraulic engineering" and "water resources development." Click these subject headings to find more records.)
  • Revise and refine your searches
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.
  • Several Flash tutorials about SOUTHcat are available on the library's website.
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Indexes/Databases:

Use these to identify articles on specific topics, as well as to locate full-text electronic articles from a variety of journals. Find them on the Articles, Indexes, and Databases page linked from the Library homepage. Remote access is available for most journals.

For these courses, some databases you may find particularly useful are:

  • Science Direct
  • Wiley Interscience
  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
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Relevant Journals:

To gain access to specific journals, search by journal title on the Our Journal List page.

Relevant journals for these courses include:

  • Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
  • Journal of Hydrologic Engineering
  • Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
  • Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management
  • Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
  • Journal of the American Water Resource Association
  • Advances in Water Resources
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Relevant Federal & State Agencies:

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Selected Websites:

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Selected Texts:

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Searching the Web:

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Citing Your Sources

Read this: Pet peeves, bêtes noires and just plain bad writing in journal papers, theses and dissertations by Ben R. Hodges, Ph.D., Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering The University of Texas at Austin

Scientific writing guides in the library:

  • The Chicago guide to communicating science / Scott L. Montgomery
    • Univ. Library Bookstacks, Call number T 10.5 .M65 2003
  • How to write a paper edited by George M. Hall.
    • NetLibrary
  • The MIT guide to science and engineering communication / James G. Paradis and Muriel L. Zimmerman
    • NetLibrary

Style guides in the library:

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
    • Univ. Library Ready Reference (Non-circ, 2nd floor North). Call number BF 76.7 .P83 2001 (Additional copies on reserve at the Circulation Desk)
  • Scientific Style and Format: the CBE manual for authors, editors, and publishers, 6th edition
    • Univ. Library Ready Reference (Non-Circ, 2nd floor North). Call number QH 304 .C68 1994

Online Style References:

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