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Databases and journals

Journals (also known as periodicals, serials or magazines) are published on a regular basis and cover a particular subject or profession. Because they are published frequently, they are an excellent source of up-to-date information. Each journal issue contains a number of articles, written by different authors, all of which will relate to the subject covered by the journal. Different types of journals are published, these include:

  • scholarly peer reviewed journals: journals read by, and commented on by other scholars in the same field
  • trade journals relating to specific professions or industries
  • popular and news magazines

Journals often contain more specialised information than books, so you will use them as your academic interests develop, and they are useful for reading about more niche or specific topics.

Some databases can contain journal articles, but others might also contain statistics, standards, map data etc.


See our popular titles:

If you know the title of the online (electronic) journals that you want, search the:


Some resources, in particular law, are not searchable on Discover, so you may also want to search separately on the databases listed below.

Key databases for Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying and Architectural Technology

Need a book or article we don't have in stock?

If you are a final year undergraduate, a postgraduate student or member of academic staff, and require access to a book or journal article which we do not have in stock, we can obtain it for you as an interlibrary loan.

You can request this service using Discover.


Statista statistics portal, allowing you to access a wide variety of statistics, and download them as images, Powerpoint presentations or Excel spreadsheets. Includes comprehensive support information, allowing you to fully get to grips with the data and place it in context.

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Office for National Statistics

Census data you must first register; log in with your Leeds Beckett username and password (select Institutional login via UK Federation and then go to the Leeds Beckett University Log In page).

Eurostat Series of EU statistics publications.

World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum engages political, business, academic and other leaders of society in collaborative efforts to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The Global Gender Gap Report Seeks to measure the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.


A patent protects new inventions and covers how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. If a patent application is granted, it gives the owner the ability to take a legal action under civil law to try to stop others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without permission. Patents can give valuable technical information.


BSI Education Explains what a British Standard is, how they are developed, and how to find information about relevant standards.

Intellectual Property Office Ipsum - Online Patent Information and Document Inspection Service This is a UK Patent Office resource which allows you to check the status of UK patents/patent applications.

GB Esp@cenet covers all GB applications published by the Intellectual Property Office under the Patents Act 1977, plus GB patents granted by the Intellectual Property Office since June 2002.  The GB database is one of a number of databases available through esp@cenet through which patents from Europe and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), and information about patents worldwide, are available.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) produces the Patent Full-Text and Full- Page Image Database. Coverage is from 1790 onwards for issued US Patents, full-text from 1976 onwards. Google Patents also searches information from the USPTO.

Other search services include and FreePatentsOnline.

Patent Pal makes available a toolbar containing over 30 unique patent related searches and other features. You can download this toolbar to your browser.