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Engineering: Civil: Need Help?

This Subject guide is your starting point for doing research in the most relevant resources in Civil Engineering. This include databases, reference materials, citing sources, and workshop programs to assist you with your research.

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Harvard Reference Style Guide

Cite them right.

Section A provides an overview of what referencing is and how to avoid plagiarism.

Sections B and C introduce the conventions for citing information sources in your writing and in the reference list or bibliography that you are expected to provide at the end of each piece of work.

Section D is a comprehensive list of sources of information with examples of how to cite these in the text of your work and in a reference list or bibliography. You are not expected to read Cite them right from cover to cover. Use the contents and index pages to identify where in the book you will find advice on referencing each type of source.

Most of the examples in Cite them right are given in an author-date referencing style commonly known as Harvard style.


The library offers hands-on classes on Zotero. It is a free, open-source, and easy-to-use citation and bibliography management program that lets you capture reference data from online journals, web pages, online catalogue searches, and many other sources. It allows you to cite while you write and export bibliographies in many citation formats. It functions primarily as an add-on for the Firefox Internet browser, and you can add plugins to access your references from MS Word or Open Office.

Upcoming workshops for Zotero will be announced.

Department of Higher Education and Training Accredited Publications

The Department of Education defines an accredited/approved journal as follows:
Journals refer to peer-reviewed periodical publications devoted to disseminating original research and new developments within specific disciplines, sub-disciplines or field of study. These include original articles, research letters, research papers, and review articles. However, only approved journals are subsidised.

Literature Reviews

Overview of the Literature Review.


Electronic Books

For Interest: Books on Writing and Presenting your Research


Proposal writing

Why Should you Cite your Sources?

Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:

  1. Citations are extremely helpful to anyone who wants to find out more about your ideas and where they came from.
  2. Not all sources are good or right -- your own ideas may often be more accurate or interesting than those of your sources. Proper citation will keep you from taking the rap for someone else's bad ideas.
  3. Citing sources shows the amount of research you've done.
  4. Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

From Plagiarismdotorg

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR Web helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Available in Science and Social Sciences editions.

Submitting your Thesis

The General Rules of the University requires every post-graduate student to submit two final, corrected copies of the dissertation or research report or thesis in a printed format as well as a final, corrected copy in electronic format.

For more information, go to the library's Electronic Theses and Dissertations webpage.