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Transportation: Research Tools

Primary guide for transportation engineering students and researchers

Literature Searches and Literature Reviews for Transportation Research Projects

Research Tips & Tools

Tips for Getting Started with Your Research:

  • Understand your assignment. What kind of information do you need? Peer-reviewed journal articles, case studies, statistics?
  • Know your deadlines. It is much easier to do your research early so that you will have plenty of time to write your paper.
  • Develop your topic. Narrowing your broad idea to a specific question you want to research will save you much time and effort.
  • Brainstorm keywords. Think about keywords related to each aspect of your topic to help in searching.

If you have any difficulty with your research process, you can always Ask Us for help.

Manage your references

Use these tools to help you organize and cite your references:

Style Guides

For information on style guides, see the following Research Guide


Scholarly & Non-Scholarly: What's the Difference?l

Evaluating Websites

Transportation Research Funding Sources

Check the following resources for transportation research funding and grants. Many of the sources below allow you to set up an email alert so you are notified when a new funding opportunity arises.

Ask a Librarian

Data Management and Public Access

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum entitled "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research". The USDOT Public Access Plan establishes objectives to ensure public access to Publications and Digital Data Sets arising from DOT-managed research and development (R&D) programs. Data Management Plans provide a means of ensuring that research data is archived, preserved, and made accessible.


ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.