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Literature Searches and Literature Reviews for Transportation Research Projects: Where to Search

Based on Transportation Research Circular Number E-C194, March 2015. "Literature Searches and Literature Reviews for Transportation Research Projects: How to Search, Where to Search, and How to Put It All Together: Current Practices."

Where to Search

All Subjects

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • Data.gov
  • Google Scholar
  • LexisNexis
  • Measurement of Government Financial Statistics
  • NTIS–NTRL National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • National Transportation Statistics Practice-Ready Papers
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • RiP Research Needs Statements
  • Science.gov
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus
  • State Transportation Statistics
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
  • Transportation Library Collections 
  • Transportation Research Board Directory
  • Transportation Statistics Annual Report
  • TransWeb
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • U.S. DOT Research Hub
  • Web of Science  

 

Alcohol Use

  • FARS
  • PubMed–MEDLINE
  • PsycINFO

 

Aviation

  • Academic Search Complete
  • AIAA Electronic Library
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • FAA Data and Research 
  • IATA
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • NTIS–NTRL
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP Research Needs Statements
  • Scopus
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • Web of Science

 

Behavior

  • Journey to Work and Place of Work
  • National Household Travel Survey
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • PubMed–MEDLINE
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • PsycINFO
  • Research Needs Statements
  • RiP
  • Transport Research Portal
  • TRB Publication Index
  • TRID

 

Bicycles

  • ERIC
  • FARS
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
  • Practice Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID 

 

Biophysics

  • PubMed–MEDLINE  

 

Bridges

  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • Compendex
  • National Bridge Inventory Database
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements 
  • TRID
  • TRB Publications Index

 

Buses

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration–Data, Analysis and Statistics
  • National Transit Database 

 

Businesses

  • ABI–Inform
  • LexisNexis
  • ProQuest Newsstand 

 

Census

  • Census Transportation Planning Products
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States 

 

Climate Change

  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID 

 

Commodities

  • ABI–Inform
  • Commodity Flow Survey
  • Freight Analysis Framework
  • LexisNexis
  • Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center 

 

Commuting

  • Congestion Data for Your City
  • Journey to Work and Place of Work
  • National Household Travel Survey
  • Urban Mobility Information  

 

Construction

  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • Compendex
  • Estimating Information: Average Low Bid Unit Price
  • Life-Cycle Benefit–Cost Analysis Model
  • LTAP Clearinghouse
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice Ready Papers
  • Research Needs Statements
  • RiP
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • The Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse 

 

Control

  • IEEE Xplore
  • INSPEC 

 

Crashes

  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • FARS
  • FMCSA–Data, Analysis and Statistics
  • Highway Safety Information System
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities
  • National Automotive Sampling System
  • Safety Data.gov
  • SafetyLit
  • State Data System
  • State Traffic Safety Information 

 

Directories

  • AASHTO Committees
  • FHWA Experts Directory
  • TRB Directory 

 

Distraction

  • FARS
  • Medline
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities
  • PsycINFO 

 

Drivers

  • BTS
  • Congestion Data for Your City
  • FARS Highway Safety Information System
  • Highway Statistics
  • Medline
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • PsycINFO
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Safety Data.gov
  • State Data System
  • State Traffic Safety Information
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID 

 

Drug Use

  • Medline
  • PsycINFO 

 

Economic and Social factors  

  • National Transportation Statistics
  • State Transportation Statistics
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
  • Transportation Statistics Annual Report
  • TranStats

 

Economics

  • IATA
  • Life-Cycle Benefit–Cost Analysis Model
  • Measurement of Government Transportation Financial Statistics 

 

Education and Training

  • ERIC
  • LTAP Clearinghouse

 

Energy

  • Annual Energy Review
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • Google Scholar
  • Monthly Energy Review
  • NTIS–NTRL
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Science.gov
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science

 

Engineering

  • NTIS–NTRL
  • Science.gov
  • Scopus
  • TRID 

 

Environment

  • Air Pollutant Emissions Trends
  • Annual Energy Review
  • ASCE Library
  • CAFE Fuel Economy
  • Compendex
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • Google Scholar
  • IHS Fairplay Bespoke Maritime Data Services
  • Monthly Energy Review
  • National Emissions Inventory
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • National Transportation Statistics
  • NTIS–NTRL
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Science.gov
  • ScienceDirect 
  • Scopus
  • Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse
  • Transportation Energy Data Book
  • Transportation Statistics Annual Report
  • Web of Science
  • TranStats
  • TRB Publication Index 
  • TRID 

 

Fatalities

  • FARS Highway Statistics
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities

 

Finance

  • Highway Statistics
  • Measurement of Government Transportation Financial Statistics
  • Transportation Statistics Annual Report

 

Freight Transportation

  • ABI–Inform
  • AAR
  • BTS Commodity Flow Survey
  • Congestion Data for Your City
  • Data Sources Related to Freight
  • FMCSA–Data, Analysis and Statistics
  • FRA E-library
  • FRA Office of Safety Analysis
  • Freight Analysis Framework
  • LexisNexis
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • TRID
  •  

 

Fuel Consumption

  • Annual Energy Review
  • CAFE Fuel Economy
  • Congestion Data for Your City
  • Transportation Energy Data Book 

 

Groups

  • AASHTO Committees
  • FHWA Experts Directory
  • TRB Directory 

 

Harbors

  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • TRID
  • Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center

 

 

Hazardous Materials

  • CFS FMCSA–Data, Analysis, and Statistics
  • Motor Carrier Management Information System
  • U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

 

Highway Design

  • Context-Sensitive Solutions
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • Research Needs Statements
  • RiP
  • TRB Publication Index
  • TRID

 

Highway Engineering

  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • Compendex
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Scopus
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • Web of Science 

 

Highway Safety

  • FARS
  • Highway Safety Information System
  • National Automotive Sampling System
  • National Transportation Library Digital Collection
  • NTSB
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Safety Data.gov
  • State Data System
  • State Traffic Safety Information
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Highway Travel

  • BTS
  • Data Sources Related to Freight
  • Highway Statistics
  • Journey to Work and Place of Work
  • Urban Mobility Information

 

Highways

  • LTAP Clearinghouse
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Need Statements
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Human Factors

  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • SAE Digital Library
  • SafetyLit
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • Web of Science 

 

Industries

  • ABI–Inform
  • LexisNexis

 

Information Technology

  • IEEE Xplore
  • INSPEC

 

Injuries

  • FARS
  • National Automotive Sampling System
  • SafetyLit

 

Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • IEEE Xplore
  • INSPEC
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Scopus
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Law Enforcement

  • SafetyLit
  • Legislation Council of State Governments Knowledge Center
  • LexisNexis

 

Logistics

  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • LexisNexis

 

Maintenance

  • LTAP Clearinghouse
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository 
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Markets

  • ABI–Inform
  • ProQuest Newsstand

 

Materials

  • AIAA Electronic Library
  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • Compendex
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • Research Needs Statements
  • RiP
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Motor Carriers

  • FMCSA–Data, Analysis, and Statistics
  • Motor Carrier Management Information System News
  • LexisNexis
  • ProQuest Newsstand

 

Pavements

  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • Compendex
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • NTIS–NTRL
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID 

 

Pedestrians

  • ERIC
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Perception

  • PsycINFO
  • PubMed/MEDLINE

 

Persons and Personal Characteristics

  • Census Transportation Planning Products

  • National Household Travel Survey
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States

 

Pipelines

  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • Compendex
  • NTSB
  • TRID
  • U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

 

Planning

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Context-Sensitive Solutions
  • Google Scholar
  • National Transportation Library
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Scopus
  • TRB Publication Index
  • TRID
  • Web of Science
  • TRID 

 

Policy

  • LexisNexis
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Science.gov
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • TRB Publications Index 

 

Public Transit

  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • Research Needs Statements
  • RiP
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Railroad Transportation

  • AAR
  • BTS
  • FRA E-library
  • FRA Office of Safety Analysis  
  • National Transit Database
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • NTSB
  • TRID
  • TRB Publications Index

 

Regulation

  • FRA E-library
  • LexisNexis

 

Road Construction

  • Estimating Information: Average Low Bid Unit Price
  • Life-Cycle Benefit–Cost Analysis Model
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP Research Needs Statements
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID 

 

Safety

  • Boating Safety Resource Center
  • FAA Data and Research
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • FARS
  • FMCSA–Data, Analysis, and Statistics
  • FRA Office of Safety Analysis
  • Google Scholar
  • Highway Safety Information System
  • Motor Carrier Management Information System
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities
  • National Automotive Sampling System
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • NTSB
  • National Transportation Statistics
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Safety Data.gov
  • SafetyLit
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus State Traffic Safety Information
  • State Transportation Statistics Transportation Statistics Annual Report
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • Web of Science

 

School Safety

  • ERIC
  • ScienceDirect

 

Science

  • Science.gov

 

Shipping

  • Motor Carrier Management Information System
  • U.S. DOT Maritime Administration 

 

Ships

  • Boating Safety Resource Center
  • U.S. DOT Maritime Administration 
  • Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center

 

Specialists

  • AASHTO Committees
  • FHWA Experts Directory
  • TRB Directory

 

State Government

  • Council of State Governments Knowledge Center

 

Taxation

  • Highway Statistics

 

Technology

  • Science.gov

 

Trade

  • CFS
  • Data Sources Related to Freight
  • Freight Analysis Framework
  • Monthly Energy Review
  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • LexisNexis

 

Traffic Congestion

  • Congestion Data for Your City
  • Urban Mobility Information  

 

Traffic Engineering

  • Compendex
  • INSPEC
  • National Transportation Library Digital Collection
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP 
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Scopus
  • ​TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • Web of Science 

 

Transportation Modes

  • BTS
  • Data Sources Related to Freight
  • National Household Travel Survey
  • National Transit Database
  • National Transportation Atlas Database
  • State Transportation Statistics
  • TranStats
  • TRID

 

Transportation Operations

  • CAFE Fuel Economy
  • Freight Analysis Framework
  • Journey to Work and Place of Work
  • National Transportation Atlas Database
  • National Transportation Statistics
  • State Transportation Statistics
  • TranStats

 

Tunnels

  • ASCE Library
  • Civil Engineering Database
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • RiP
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID

 

Vehicle Electronics

  • IEEE Explore
  • INSPEC

 

Vehicles

  • CAFE Fuel Economy 

 

Water Transportation

  • Boating Safety Resource Center
  • BTS
  • National Transportation Library Digital Collection
  • NTSB
  • RiP
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • U.S. DOT Maritime Administration Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center

 

Work Zone Safety

  • The Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse
  • RiP
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID  

There are several resources wherein a researcher would be able to find information on any of the modes listed in this index. Those resources are listed below under the initial heading All Modes.

All Modes

  • Academic Search Complete
  • BTS
  • Data.gov
  • Google Scholar
  • Google Transportation Meta Search
  • LexisNexis
  • Measurement of Government Financial Statistics
  • NTIS–NTRL
  • National Transportation Library Digital Repository
  • National Transportation Statistics
  • Practice-Ready Papers
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • RiP
  • Research Needs Statements
  • Science.gov
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus
  • State Transportation Statistics
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
  • Transport Research Portal
  • TRB Directory
  • Transportation Statistics Annual Report
  • TranWeb
  • TRB Publications Index
  • TRID
  • U.S. DOT Research Hub
  • Web of Science

Aviation

  • AASHTO Committees
  • Aerospace Research Center
  • ASCE Library
  • FAA Data and Research
  • IEEE Xplore
  • IATA
  • National Transportation Atlas Database
  • NTSB
  • Transportation Energy Data Book
  • TranStats

Freight Transportation

  • AASHTO Committees
  • Annual Energy Review
  • CAFE–Fuel Economy
  • Commodity Flow Survey
  • FMCSA–Data, Analysis, and Statistics
  • Freight Analysis Framework
  • Freight Analysis Framework State Profiles
  • Motor Carrier Management Information System
  • National Emissions Inventory (NEI) Air Pollutant Emission Trends Data
  • National Transportation Atlas Database
  • Transportation Energy Data Book
  • TranStats

Marine Transportation

  • AASHTO Committees
  • ASCE Library
  • Boating Safety Resource Center
  • National Transportation Atlas Database 
  • Marine Transportation
  • NTSB
  • Transportation Energy Data Book
  • TranStats
  • U.S. DOT Maritime Administration
  • Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center 

Motor Carriers

  • Commodity Flow Survey
  • FMCSA–Data, Analysis, and Statistics
  • NEI Air Pollutant Emission Trends Data
  • NTSB
  • Transportation Meta Search
  • TranStats
  • Urban Mobility Information

Passenger Transportation

  • AASHTO Committees
  • Annual Energy Review
  • CAFE–Fuel Economy
  • CTPP
  • Congestion Data for Your City
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Management
  • FARS
  • FHWA Research Expertise Directory
  • INSPEC
  • ITE Technical Information
  • Journey to Work and Place of Work
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities
  • National Automotive Sampling System
  • NEI Air Pollutant Emission Trends Data
  • NHTSA
  • National Household Travel Survey
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program
  • NTSB
  • PsycINFO
  • PubMed/MEDLINE
  • SAE Digital Library
  • SafetyLit
  • State Data System
  • State Traffic Safety Information
  • Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse
  • Transportation Energy Data Book
  • TranStats
  • Urban Mobility Information

Pedestrians and Bicycles

  • AASHTO Committees
  • ITE Technical Information
  • NEI Air Pollutant Emission Trends Data
  • NTSB
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
  • PubMed/MEDLINE
  • TranStats
  • U.S. DOT Research Hub

Pipelines

  • Environmental Science and Pollution Management
  • National Transportation Atlas Database
  • NTSB
  • Transportation Meta Search
  • TranStats
  • U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Public Transportation

  • AASHTO Committees
  • Annual Energy Review
  • Boating Safety Statistics
  • CTPP
  • FRA E-Library
  • IHS Jane’s Transportation News and Reference
  • IEEE Xplore
  • Journey to Work and Place of Work
  • Life-Cycle Benefit–Cost Analysis Model
  • NEI Air Pollutant Emission Trends Data
  • National Household Travel Survey
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program
  • National Transit Database
  • National Transportation Atlas Database
  • NTSB
  • RiP
  • Transportation Energy Data Book
  • TranStats

Railroads

  • AASHTO Committees
  • AAR
  • FRA Office of Safety Analysis
  • FRA E-Library
  • National Transportation Atlas Database
  • NTSB
  • Transportation Energy Data Book
  • TranStats
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