How to find construction contracts and related sources

By Sep.29, 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy explains how to locate various construction contracts you may need for your studies.

When undertaking your studies you may find you need to access a number of different construction contracts and specific construction law-related sources.  These sources of information can be tricky to find as they are often  located in various places.

We have access to various construction contracts and construction law-related sources of information through Library Search. Library Search can be found here. It is always worth signing in to Library Search as soon as you access it for ease of use when off-campus.

 

NEC contracts

We have a collection of NEC contracts available through Library Search.  To access these:

  1. Go to Library Search.
  • Sign yourself into Library Search by clicking on Sign-in (top right-hand corner of the Library Search homepage) and then enter your network username and password.
  • Type NEC3 contracts (or NEC4 Contracts depending on which ones you’d like to access) into the main Library Search box.
  • Follow the link and you will be prompted to log in with your network username and password.  You will then have access to all of the NEC contracts and documents, which can be read online and/or downloaded.

Watch the video to see how to find them:

NEC video

 

JCT contracts 

JCT contracts are available through our Construction Information Service database.  To access these:

  1. Go to Library Search.
  2. Sign yourself into Library Search by clicking on Sign-in (top right-hand corner of the Library Search homepage) and then enter your network username and password.
  3. Type Construction Information Service into the Library Search box.
  4. Click on the link and select  Construction Information Service – CIS from the list of databases given.  Because you have already logged into Library Search, this should allow you access to all of the content we subscribe to.  You will then have access to all of the JCT contracts and documents, which can be read online and/or downloaded.
  5. When searching for a specific JCT contract it helps to include the year, for example JCT contract 2016

FIDIC contracts

We  have access to the FIDIC contract suite, is also contained in the Construction Information Service database.  To access FIDIC contracts:

  1. Go to Library Search.
  2. Sign yourself into Library Search by clicking on Sign-in (top right-hand corner of the Library Search homepage) and then enter your network username and password.
  3. Type Construction Information Service into the Library Search box.
  4. Click on the link and select  Construction Information Service – CIS from the list of databases given.  Because you have already logged into Library Search, this should allow you access to all of the content we subscribe to.  You will then have access to all of the FIDIC contracts and documents, which can be read online and/or downloaded.

Watch the video to see how to find them:

Finding JCT and NEC contracts video

 

eBooks

There are also lots of Construction Law-related eBooks available through our i-Law and Westlaw databases.  Examples include:

  • Chitty on contracts (Westlaw)
  • Delay and disruption in construction contracts (i-Law)
  • FIDIC contracts law and practice (i-Law)
  • Frustration and force (Westlaw)
  • Hudson’s building and engineering contracts (Westlaw)
  • Keating on construction contracts (Westlaw)

To access these eBooks, go into the database and filter by Books to see what we have access to.

 

Construction Information Service (CIS)

A really useful, key construction-related database you may also want to access is  Construction Information Service.

Construction Information Service is really useful database which holds a variety of UK construction industry-based resources.  This database contains a variety of information ranging from contracts to building regulations.  It can be accessed through Library Search.  This database is definitely worth a look if you are interested in construction, building surveying, quantity surveying, civil engineering and architecture.

 

If you have any questions regarding finding and using construction contracts or construction law-related sources, please contact your Academic Support Librarian for further help: https://blogs.salford.ac.uk/digital-literacy-skills/subject-support/

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