Sources of Information in Transportation
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Compendex. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Indexes over 5,000 journals, conferences, technical reports and other materials related to engineering and technical literature.

Inspec. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Indexes over 4,000 scholarly journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, and information technology.

Intelligent Transportation Systems Electronic Document Library (ITS EDL). Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

The ITS EDL is an electronic repository of documents on ITS topics published or sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Features a catalog searchable by author, title, topic, or full-text. Most of the documents are available in PDF. Also includes an archive of recently added documents.

International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Contains more than 350,000 records covering the transportation literature since 1972 of 23 countries, including most of the European countries, Australia, Latin America, Canada, China, and Japan.. Sources include over 500 journals, series, books, reports, conferences, dissertation, patents, standards and specifications.

NTIS (National Technical Information Service) Library. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Database containing over 750,000 titles for U.S. government-sponsored publications issued since 1990. Searching capabilities are limited to titles and topics. Abstracts, links to full text, and fee-based downloadable capabilities are available. More detailed searching capabilities are available through the fee-based Government Research Center’s databases at

SAE Digital Library. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Provides access to thousands of SAE technical publications covering research and advances in engineering, including ground vehicles and manufacturing technologies. Includes technical papers, journal articles, books, standards, and reports.

Transport. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

This is the most comprehensive source for bibliographic information in transportation. Includes nearly 700,000 records from the TRIS Database produced by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and TRANSDOC from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT). Coverage is from 1968 to present. Available in web-based format or CD-ROM from Ovid's WebSPIRS platform.

Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS). Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

TRIS is produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). It contains over 640,000 records of published and ongoing research, as well as journal citations, with most records containing abstracts. Records are indexed using the Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT). Available commercially through Dialog and Ovid, and free on the Internet as TRIS Online via the National Transportation Library (NTL) at:  Searches can be limited to TRIS Online or the NTL Catalog, which includes the NTL Digital Repository (digital collection) or other transportation websites (portal collection).

TRANweb. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Produced by the Northwestern University Transportation Library, this is a database of magazine articles and conference paper citations. Catalog is searchable by author, title, subject, or keyword.

TRB Publications Index. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Provides access to over 30,000 papers, articles, and reports published by the Transportation Research Board, Highway Research Board, Strategic Highway Research Program, or the Marine Board from 1923 to date. Searchable by author, title, abstract, index term, conference, and series.

TRB Research in Progress (RiP). Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Describes over 8800 current or recently completed federal-, state-, or university-funded transportation research projects.

Web of Science. Electronic resource accessed February 2007:

Indexes over 8,000 of the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, providing searching of footnoted citations. Includes the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index.

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