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  • LexisNexis Academic
    This database, available to members of the UNT community, is a good source of non-scholarly information from newspapers, magazines, wire services, and broadcasts.
  • UNT Electronic Resources
    Select "Online Articles" or "Databases" from the Libraries home page to search for your subject in one of our databases of articles from magazines and newspapers. Combine your search term with the word statistics — e.g., "restaurants and statistics," or look for ways the database provides to limit your search to articles that contain statistics.


You can find books related to transportation either by searching the library catalog, or by browsing the library stacks. Here is some general advice on how to find books related to law.

Library Catalogs

UNT Library Catalog (UNT)
Use this online catalog to identify and locate books in the UNT Libraries.
WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Use this online union catalog to find books located at UNT or in other libraries and collections all over the world.

Searching by Subject for Books Related to Transportation

You can perform a subject search in any library catalog, using the term Transportation to find general works on the subject of transportation. You can also use the term Transportation after another subject heading, such as United States, to find transportation-related works on that subject.

Use the red Library of Congress Subject Headings books available on each floor of the library to identify more specific subject headings you can use in the library catalog.

Related subject headings that might be helpful include the following:

  • Commerce
  • Communication and Traffic
  • Storage and moving trade
Here are some other subject terms related to transportation:
  • Acids - Handling and transportation
  • Air travel
  • Bridges
  • Cab and omnibus service
  • Carriers
  • Choice of transportation
  • Commuting
  • Delivery of goods
  • Electricity in transportation
  • Electronics in transportation
  • Emergency transportation
  • Employer-sponsored transportation
  • Freight and freightage
  • Harbors
  • High speed ground transportation
  • Intra-airport transportation
  • Local transit
  • National parks and reserves—Transportation
  • Ocean travel
  • Pack transportation
  • Passes (Transportation)
  • Pipelines
  • Pneumatic-tube transportation
  • Postal service
  • Railroad travel
  • Railroads
  • Roads
  • Route surveying
  • Rural transportation
  • Secregation in transportation
  • Shipping
  • Shuttle services
  • Stagecoach lines
  • Steam-navigation
  • Terminals (Transportation)
  • Transit, International
  • Urban transportation
  • Vehicles
  • Wagon tranis
  • Waterways

Browsing the Library for Books Related to Transportation

Library of Congress Classification

Most books in the UNT Libraries general collection are classified under the Library of Congress Classification system, so named because it was originally developed for classifying books at the Library of Congress. 

Most of our more current books related to transportation are located on the Second Floor of Willis Library under the call numbers GT5220 to GT5286 (Customs relative to transportation and travel) and under call numbers HE (Transportation and communications).

For a more specific list of call numbers and what type of books are classified under each, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Our reference books related to law can be found under call numbers beginning with HE in the Reference section on Willis Library First Floor, in the Documents Reference section on Willis Library Third Floor, and at the Information Desk on Willis Library Third Floor.

Dewey Decimal Classification

The UNT libraries started classifying books under the Library of Congress system in 1970. Before that, we used the Dewey Decimal Classification system. If you wish to browse older books on transportation, you can't, because most of them are located in the Library Annex, which is not accessible to the public. You can browse the records in the library catalog under call numbers ranging from 385 to 388: From the catalog, select the "Numbers" tab, Select "Dewey Call Number" from the drop-down menu, then enter "385" in the search box and click "Submit." The specific subheadings are as follows:

  • 385 Railroad transportation
  • 386 Inland waterway & ferry transportation
  • 387 Water, air, space transportation
  • 388 Transportation; Ground transportation

Government Documents

Many of our books on transportation are published by U.S. government agencies. These are arranged in order by the issuing agency and are assigned Superintendent of Documents Classification numbers, which classify documents not by subject, but by the agency that produces the document. Many documents related to transportation will be published by the Department of Transportation. Call numbers of publications from this department begin with the letters TD and are located on the northwest corner of the Third Floor of Willis Library. Other departments—for example, the U.S. Congress—may also have published books related to transportation. For a more detailed list of call numbers and publications issued by the Department of Transportation and its constituent agencies, consult the Government Printing Office’s List of Classes.

Because of the nature of how government documents are arranged, we advise you to search for publications using the library catalog or to rely on staff in the Government Documents Department rather than try to browse the collection, at least until you are familiar with the arrangement of the federal documents collection.

Texas documents related to law use their own Texas Documents Classification Scheme, which also arranges documents by agency and which poses the same problems in browsing as the federal documents.


    Statistical Data

    • National Transportation Statistics
      Statistics on the U.S. transportation system, including its physical components, safety record, economic performance, the human and natural environment, and national security. This is a large online document comprising more than 260 data tables plus data source and accuracy statements, glossary and a list of acronyms and initialisms.
    • TranStats
      A collection of intermodal transportation databases for transportation researchers and analysts, aimed at providing one stop shopping for transportation data and providing easy linkages across many data sets to achieve new insights.
    • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
      The BTS, an operating administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), compiles, analyzes, and makes accessible information on the nation's transportation systems; collects information on intermodal transportation and other areas as needed; and works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of government statistics.
    • National Center for Statistics and Analysis
      NCSA provides a wide range of analytical and statistical support to NHTSA and the traffic safety community through data collection, analysis, and crash investigation activities. The site provides statistics on motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, as well as results of crash tests and other vehicle evaluations.
    • National Transportation Library
      Repository of statistical and other materials collected from public and private organizations around the country.

    Studies and Reports

    • Cyburbia: The Planning Community
      Cyburbia, established in 1994, is an urban planning social/community and portal site. Cyburbia includes a busy message board, image gallery, planning-related blog feeds, a wiki, and a directory of related web sites.
    • DOT Online Publications
      Get documents from the Department of Transportation Publications Library.
    • Smart Growth
      Resources from the Environmental Protection Agency to help communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love. Highlights numerous policies and programs that states and localities nationwide have implemented to further smart growth.
    • Transportation Libraries Catalog
      TLCat is a tool that enables the user to search multiple transportation library catalogs at one time using OCLC's FirstSearch.
    • TRANweb
      Transportation Article File produced by Northwestern University's Transportation Library. Search, or browse by transportation subject headings, a database of citations of transportation journal articles.
    • TRID: The TRIS and ITRD Database
      World's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information. Contains records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database.


    • Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Glossary of Terms
      Defines terms related to transportation and air quality. See also Plain English Guide To The Clean Air Act.
    • Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks Glossary
      Defines terms and acronyms used in current Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) documents and used in activities relevant to development of a national Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) system architecture for commercial vehicle operations (CVO).
    • Dictionary
      Definitions of thousands of terms and acronyms related to transportation. The terms and acronyms were obtained from various transportation publications and databases which exist within the federal government, private organizations, Canada and Mexico.
    • Glossary - Mineta Transportation Institute
      The transportation industry has its particular language and terms. This glossary from MTI will help you understand more about what you read.
    • Glossary of Air Pollution Terms
      Useful for understanding documents that discuss air quality and transportation.
    • Glossary of Commuter Choice Terms
      Defines key terms used in discussing a federal subsidies program designed to stimulate use of vanpooling and the like.
    • Glossary of Transit Terms
      Definitions of terms used in the field of public transit.
    • International Pedestrian Lexicon
      Definitions of terms related to walking. Includes French terms, English terms from the UK and North America, and Spanish terms from Spain and Latin America.
    • Maritime Glossary
      Maritime terms and the language of the sea.
    • Online TDM Encyclopedia
      The world’s most comprehensive information resource concerning innovative transportation management strategies. It describes dozens of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies and contains information on TDM planning, evaluation and implementation. It has thousands of hyperlinks that provide instant access to more detailed information, including case studies and reference documents.
    • The Quintessential Maritime Glossary
      Maritime is a word that refers to all things of the sea. This glossary is provided as a service to those interested in all things maritime by the Action Boat and Yacht Donation Service Corporation and provides an opportunity to understand the world of maritime travel, commerce, and typical terminology of sailors throughout the world.
    • Transportation Research Thesaurus
      The Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) was initially developed under NCHRP Project 20-32 to provide a tool to improve the indexing and retrieval of transportation information. The thesaurus covers all modes and aspects of transportation. A primary use will be to provide a common and consistent language between producers and users of the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database. The thesaurus is currently also used as an indexing tool for federal, state and university collections. The TRT Web site allows users to access terminology through Alphabetical, Hierarchical, Keyword In Context or Keyword Out of Context displays. The full display shows relationship of terms, including SN (Scope Notes), UF (used for terms), BT (Broader Term), NT (Narrower Term), and RT (Related Term).

    Libraries, Schools, Museums, and Research Centers

    Databases, Libraries, and Archives

    • Intelligent Transportation Society of America
      In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, serves as an international clearinghouse for information about Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). ITS comprises a number of technologies, including information processing, communications, control, and electronics, joined to save lives, time and money.
    • Cyburbia: The Planning Community
      Cyburbia, established in 1994, is an urban planning social/community and portal site. Cyburbia includes a busy message board, image gallery, planning-related blog feeds, a wiki, and a directory of related web sites.
    • Directory of State Highway and Transportation Department Libraries
      Contact information for libraries in most of U.S. States.
    • Encyclopedia of Earth
      A free access, expert-reviewed encyclopedia of entries about the Earth, its environments, and human interaction with the planet. Sponsored by Boston University and supported by the National Council for Science and Environment.
    • FAA Training Resources and Guides
      A collection of resources, including air traffic controller and flight schools, test guides, and curriculum materials.
    • FedStats
      One-stop shopping for statistics produced by United States federal agencies.
    • Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library
      Established in 1948, the Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library houses one of the pre-eminent transportation collections in the U.S., and is the country's oldest university transportation library.
    • National Transit Database
      The Federal Transit Administration's (FTA's) primary national database for statistics on the transit industry, the NTD is the system through which FTA collects uniform data needed by the Secretary of Transportation to administer department programs. The data consist of selected financial and operating data that describe public transportation characteristics.
    • National Transportation Library
      Repository of statistical and other materials collected from public and private organizations around the country.
    • North American Transportation in Figures
      Examines transportation and transportation-related passenger, freight, economic, safety, energy, environmental and demographic statistics relating to Canada, Mexico and the United States. The project is a direct result of the North American Transportation Statistics Interchange, a tripartite initiative representing the transportation and statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Also available en español.
    • Transportation Library, Northwestern University Libraries
      Hosts the Transportation Division of the Special Libraries Association.
    • TranStats
      A collection of intermodal transportation databases for transportation researchers and analysts, aimed at providing one stop shopping for transportation data and providing easy linkages across many data sets to achieve new insights.
    • TRID: The TRIS and ITRD Database
      World's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information. Contains records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database.
    • University Transit
      Most large universities have either large sprawling campuses or two or more geographically separate campuses that require some form of transportation system. Such systems usually may only be used by students, faculty, employees, and visitors with passes, and are not available for use by others. This list includes those universities that have their own transportation system; those not listed generally use the local public transit system.
    • United States Institutions
    • Argonne Transportation Technology R & D Center
      A division of Argonnne National Laboratory. Brings together scientists and engineers from many disciplines to find cost-effective solutions to transportation issues. Information about fuel cells, alternative energy vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, vehicle recycling, etc., is available at this site.
    • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
      Here you will find studies, databases, statistics, and more. An excellent starting point for researching transportation subjects pertaining to the United States.
    • Center for Transportation Analysis
      Conducts research and development on transportation energy and environmental issues, national transportation planning and policy, military transportation and logistics, and transportation systems engineering.
    • Center for Transportation Research
      A nationally recognized program of university research, education, and public service.
    • Council of University Transportation Centers
      Provides a forum for interaction between more than 50 of the largest such programs, including interaction with industry and government. An alphabetical membership list at this site includes links to member Web sites.
    • IDEA: Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis
      Program funds innovative new concepts, products, or results that would accelerate the development and deployment of advanced transportation methods, processes, systems, or technology. The IDEA (Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis) program is divided into four areas: the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Transit program, the High-Speed Rail program, and the Safety program.
    • Institute of Transportation Studies
      Since 1991, the Institute has produced scholarship on applied transportation issues. The publications section contains many full text reports from the Institute's research activities.
    • Intermodal Transportation Institute
      Home to the 60,000-volume historical library of the former Interstate Commerce Commission. A national center for intermodal systems planning and assessment in partnership with Mississippi State University under the 1998 TEA-21 legislation.
    • National Highway Institute
      NHI is part of the newly-established Office of Professional Development (OPD) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which reports directly to the Administrator. NHI aims to work closely with the four new Resource Centers to provide professional training to present and future members of the transportation community.
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
      The U.S. Department of Energy's premier laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, development, and deployment.
    • National Transit Institute
      Created under federal legislation at Rutgers University, NJ, the mission of NTI is to promote, develop, and deliver high quality education and training for persons engaged in federal-aid transit work in order to improve public transit in the United States.
    • Office of Highway Policy Information
      A repository of highway information and statistics. The Office collects, analyzes and distributes highway related data from federal, state and local sources. Selected documents and periodicals are available here for your review.
    • Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
      RITA is dedicated soley to the advancement of the U.S. Department of Transportation's research and innovative technology program. RITA allows the Department to more effectively coordinate and manage the Department's research portfolio and expedite implementation of cross-cutting innovative technologies.
    • Southwest Region University Transportation Center
      A consortium that comprises The Texas A&M University System (Texas Transportation Institute), The University of Texas at Austin (Center for Transportation Research), and Texas Southern University (Department of Transportation Studies). The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University serves as the lead institution. The SWUTC is headquartered in College Station on the main Texas A&M campus.
    • Texas Transportation Institute
      Conducts interdisciplinary and multi-modal research extending into the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, enforcement, economic, environmental, and social aspects of transportation.
    • Transit Cooperative Research Program
      Comprises three cooperating organizations: Federal Transit Authority (FTA); the National Academy of Sciences, acting through the Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the Transit Development Corporation, Inc. (TDC), a nonprofit educational and research organization established by the American Public Transit Association (APTA).
    • Transportation Research Board: Cooperative Research Programs Division
      The Cooperative Research Programs Division of the TRB administers a number of major research programs sponsored by other organizations.
    • Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
      TFHRC has more than 40 laboratories conducting research in the following areas: safety, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), materials technology, pavements, structures, and human factors.
    • Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
      An organization within the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration, dedicated to creating awareness and fostering technical, operational, and managerial innovations in the transportation system.
    • International and Foreign Institutions
    • FHWA International Programs
      The Federal Highway Administration's Office of International Programs (OIP) works to improve the technological and institutional base of highway transportation system performance and program delivery in the United States and abroad. Goals include enabling domestic partners to gain easier access to technology, information, and markets beyond U.S. borders; facilitating international partners' access to information and contacts in the U.S. public and private sectors; and providing better access to U.S. technology and practices for developing countries and countries in transition.
    • International Guide to Highway Transportation Information
      A Federal Highway Administration publication that includes highway transportation libraries, information, and research centers; Web sites; document delivery vendors, lenders, and clearinghouses; bibliographic and non-bibliographic databases; and highway transportation associations, organizations, and other professional societies.
    • International Transport Forum
      The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organization that acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organizes an annual summit of ministers. Their goal is to help shape the transport policy agenda on a global level and ensure that it contributes to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion, and the preservation of human life and well-being.
    • International Transportation
      A comprehensive listing from the American Public Transit Association of transportation Web sites around the world, organized by region and area.
    • Transportation Association of Canada
      Forum for government and industry members to discuss transportation issues and concerns. Serves as a center for technical excellence in surface transportation infrastructure.
    • Transport Canada Library Services
      The homepage of Transport Canada, a Federal agency based in Ottawa. The online catalog contains references to more than 100,000 books and technical reports on transportation and related topics.
    • WHO/Europe | Transport and Health
      WHO/Europe helps countries define and manage mobility policies that benefit health by developing methods and tools to assess the health impact of transport; promotes a sustainable transport for health and the environment through an integrated approach, which prevents and reduces the health effects associated with unsustainable transport patterns; helps its member states fully to consider transport policies’ implications for health, the environment and sustainable development by developing methods and tools for health impact assessment to support the adoption and enforcement of mobility policies beneficial to health; and promotes policies for sustainable transport and healthy transport modes.
    • World Bank: Transport
      The World Bank is involved in lending to developing nations for construction of transportation infrastructures. It also tracks privatization of public sector transportation services.
    • World Road Association—PIARC
      PIARC aspires to be the world leader in the exchange of knowledge on roads and road transport policy and practices within an integrated sustainable transport context. The road system plays a vital role in the performance of economies, in the social functioning of communities, and in achieving effective land use and regional development. The benefit of PIARC's activity will be reflected in more efficient road administrations, an improved contribution of road transport to the wider economy in an integrated transport system, safer transport, and a more harmonious relationship among road transport, transport users, the environment, and society.

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