If you need secondary sources about engineering or construction topics, check out these databases:
For a complete list of resources on these topics, go to:
Some design projects will involve renovation of existing buildings or design of new buildings. Information for architectural design best practices of building interiors can be found in:
The library also has titles on building renovation practices:
Google Tips and Tricks
1. Add site:.ca to search for Canadian content. This works for other domains too, such as .gc.ca for Canadian government or.edu for colleges and universities.
2. Use the minus sign (-) in place of NOT to remove results with a certain word.
3. Like in Library Search, use Quotes (" ") to find phrases, such as "Southern Alberta Institute of Technology" or "Repetitive Strain Injury".
4. Use the Advanced Search. The Advanced Search will make it easier to break up your concepts and search strategically.
5. Evaluate critically. Be careful about using any result you find online, as there may be bias, issues with credibility, and sometimes just downright lies. Evaluate your information using RADAR.
The National Building Code and derivatives (National Electrical, Energy, and Fire codes as well as Alberta versions of the codes) are available as a free download for personal use. The NRC has made it very easy, with a direct download option from their archive:
As well, the NRC is now offering free electronic access to the related user’s guides, including:
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classifies businesses in the same industry with a common code. Learn more and find definitions on the Statistics Canada website. The following codes may be useful for your project:
541330 - Engineering Services
2379 - Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction