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Construction & Engineering Subject Guide: Books & eBooks

Construction and engineering: Subject Guide


Books & eBooks

The Ipswich library provides print and e-book collections to support Construction and Engineering. 
All items on your reading list are available in either a print or electronic version. 

This guide provides you with useful shelf marks, search strategies and links to reading lists.

You can also find a variety of additional wider reading by browsing the library shelves or accessing Summon

Useful Classmarks

The shelfmark (or classmark) will tell you where to find an item on the library shelves. Look out for the shelfmark on the library catalogue record. We use the Dewey system which works like this:

Books are shelved numerically digit by digit according to the number on the spine label, 612.3  is shelved before 612.31 which is shelved before 614.2

Within each subject books are shelved alphabetically according to the author or first word of the title, so 616.5 SMI [Author is Smith] is shelved before 616.5 WHI [Author is White].

  • 343.07869 Construction Law
  • 510            Mathematics
  • 620            Engineering
  • 620.11       Engineering Materials
  • 621            Mechanical Engineering
  • 621.3007   Electrical Safety
  • 621.381     Electrical Engineering
  • 624            Civil Engineering
  • 624.1         Structural Engineering
  • 624.18       Construction Materials
  • 624.2         Bridges
  • 625.7         Roads & Highways
  • 690            Construction
  • 690.068     Construction Management
  • 690.22       Health & Safety
  • 690.24       Building Maintenance
  • 691            Building Materials
  • 692            Surveying
  • 692.4         Tender & Contracts
  • 692.5         Estimates
  • 692.6         Project Management
  • 692.9         Construction
  • 693.5         Concrete
  • 693.834     Robust Details
  • 696            Building Services
  • 697            Energy
  • 721            Architecture

Requesting books not in stock

If the book you are looking for is not in stock, you can request it from another library (an inter-library loan) or order it for our stock.
University of Suffolk Bury
Suffolk New College

Further Information & Support

For more information about search strategies, take a look at our Searching for Information Guide.

You can also access step-by-step information about accessing books and ebooks through the University of Suffolk Assignment Toolkit.


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