How to find papers relating to your research

Frequently, researchers in various parts of the world pop up on email lists plaintively requesting help in finding information about their area of research. Unfortunately, many who receive such requests are impatient with the idea that they are being asked to do what the researcher should be doing, namely a literature search. But in many parts of the world, carrying out a literature search seems more daunting than it ought to, especially if there is little local support or knowledge about resources in this field. So, here are some freely available resources for discovering papers in our field. There is sufficient information in these databases to enable researchers to look into the authors’ university repositories, where it should be possible to find a pre-publication copy of the paper. The local University library may have access to Inter-Library Loans, which you would have to ask them about. And as a last resort, the researcher could contact the authors of a hard-to-find paper and request a copy. Together, these tactics should help you to secure most of what you need.

ARCOM – Association of Researchers in Construction Management. Click on Abstracts to find the search interface. Conference papers are available in full-text.

CIB – International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction: The Iconda database is very extensive, and many of the resources are downloadable directly.

Any further suggestions to add to this list?



About Will

Professor of Construction Management and Economics, University of Reading, UK. Editor-in-Chief, Construction Management and Economics (1992-2016). Programme Director, MSc Construction Management. School Director of Postgraduate Teaching Programmes.
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