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Civil Engineering: Non-Scholarly, Trade and Scholarly Journals
Primary research guide for civil engineering students and researchers.
Trying to determine whether an article is scholarly or peer-reviewed isn't difficult once you learn to think critically. Here are some sites that provide quick guides to whether an article is "popular" or scholarly/academic. Generally you will need to use scholarly or academic journals in your research.
Often in engineering you will hear references to "trade literature." This site from the Colorado State University Libraries distinguishes between popular magazines, trade magazines and scholarly journals.