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Engineering and the Built Environment


Welcome to the subject guide for Engineering and the Built Environment. It introduces you to resources that you will find helpful in completing your studies. Under Library Essentials you'll find resources that will help you make the best use of the university's Library Service.

Each page in this guide highlights resources which you may find useful - it is not meant to be an exhaustive list. 

If you are asked to login in to any resources, use your Student or Staff ID and password.

For further support in accessing the resources for your course, please contact the Subject Network Librarian whose details are available on this page.


What is Multisearch?

Multisearch is the library search engine. It provides a ‘Google-like’ way of searching many sources at the same time. The process of finding information from both the physical and digital parts of the library has become so much simpler. With just one search box you can discover material from all the following sources:

  • UHI Library catalogue
  • Newspaper articles
  • E-journal articles
  • E-books
  • Conference proceedings

The results will be listed in order of relevance – taking you straight to the most useful material. You can use the side bar to refine your search by publication date, content type, location,language, subject terms and so on. When you find anything that interests you, just click on the link. If the material is online, you will be asked for your UHI login then taken to the article or E-book in question. If the item is a book, the full catalogue details will appear. You can also use the Advanced Search option to make your search very specific – by combining author, title, date etc. This is especially useful when using very common search terms.

Knovel Engineering Library

Knovel is an excellent resource covering various aspects of Engineering. It includes eBooks and reference materials and much of the content is enhanced to include interactive tables and graphs. Chapters can be downloaded or printed.

This video links below demonstrate some of it's basic search facilities.

Overview: This video tutorial gives an overview of the features in Knovel, such as the different search options, result filters and display options, and My Knovel.

My Knovel: is your personal space where you can access all your Knovel activities; as well as organize and share your saved resources. This video shows how My Knovel will help you more efficiently complete projects and collaborate with your team.

Material Property Search: helps you find material and property information that may be hidden in large complex tables or graphs.