Introduction to Architectural Studies

Spring 2014

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-102; Karen R. Koehler (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Sara Smith.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Web Resources
  • Journals

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Resource for research into the history of modern design and the applied arts.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

Readers Guide Retrospective (1890-1984)
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States during the 20th century.

Smith College subscribes to the Art and Architecture Archive, which Five College students can access onsite at Neilson Library.



Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

Gale Biography in Context [electronic resource]

Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture [electronic resource] - available at AC, MH, UM

AGRAM Database - background information and pictures of the works of influential architects

Famous Architects - information on influential architects, primarily modernist

SAHArchipedia (classic buildings) - authoritative information on over 1400 buildings from the Society of Architectural Historians - profiles of selected architects



Identifying American Architecture: a Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945 by John J.-G. Blumenson  NA705 .B55

A Field Guide to American Architecture by Carole Rifkind  NA705 .R53 1980b

American Architecture Since 1780: Guide To The Styles by Marcus Whiffen  NA705 .W47

Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (deceased) by Henry F. Withey & Elsie Rathburn Withey  NA53 .W5

A Dictionary of Architecture And Building: Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive by Russell Sturgis  AC reference NA31 .S84

Dictionary of Architecture & Construction  at HC, MH, SC, UM  NA31 .H32 2006

The Encyclopedia of Architecture, Historical, Theoretical And Practical by Joseph Gwilt  AC reference NA2520 .G94

The Encyclopedia of American Architecture by Robert T. Packard  AC reference NA705 .P3 1995

Forms and Functions of Twentieth-Century Architecture by Talbot Hamlin 724.9 H181f

Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A Guide to the Literature of Merchandising, 1750 to 1980 [compiled by] E. Richard McKinstry at SM & UM Z7164.M18 H43 1984



Amherst College Digital Collections
Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.

Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Bridgeman Education
A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.


See the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals database. You may also be able to find periodical literature and other primary material in HathiTrust's Digital Library (make sure to limit the years of the material you're searching). 

Look for other individual journal titles, and pre-1934 titles in the Five College Catalog. Start with these:

Architecture (1900-1936)

American Architect (1909-1921)

American Architect (1924-1936)

The Architectural Forum (1917-1974)

Pencil Points (1920-1942)


You'll want to go back and forth between citations from databases or print resources and the catalog to determine the best way to get access to the articles. Do not hesitate to request articles through Interlibrary Loan or Depository Request!