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Architectural Studies Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1934 to present)
    Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.
  • Arts:Search
    Resource for research into the history of modern design and the applied arts.
  • Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
    Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.
  • Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
    Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (1974 to present)
    Citations to and abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art; some entries date back as far as the late 1960s.
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (1973 to present)
    Covers scholarly literature on western art including traditional visual arts as well as new media, architectural history, museum studies and conservation, archaeology, and classical studies.
  • JSTOR
    Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • Arts & Humanities Full Text
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • Project Muse
    Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)
  • British Periodicals
    Searchable full text of hundreds of British periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th, with high-resolution facsimile page images.
  • Environment Complete
    A full-text database covering environmental studies, ecology, energy, urban planning, and affiliated areas of study.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Interdisciplinary reference content and commentary, plus Quranic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines. Includes Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and other core reference works on Islam.
  • Worldcat Art Libraries
    Access to Worldcat content, including the articles database of 200 million records, specific to the visual arts. Includes information on which libraries hold the material.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • 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.
  • Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art
    Provides information on a wide range of current and historical materials and techniques in both traditional and nontraditional media.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Interdisciplinary reference content and commentary, plus Quranic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines. Includes Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and other core reference works on Islam.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide).
  • 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.
  • ARTstor
    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.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Over 10,000 videos covering a wide variety of subject areas from producers such as the BBC, Criterion, PBS, and Kino Lorber.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

Architecture of Spain (Lapunzina, Alejandro, 1960-) Frost Library; NA1301 .L35 2005

Humanitarian architecture : Shigeru Ban Frost Library; NA1559.B36 H86 2015

Starting from 'I don't know' : interviews on architecture and craft (Smith, Samuel P., author.) Frost Library; NA2005 .S64 2015

The ten books of architecture : the 1755 Leoni edition (Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472.) Frost Library; NA2515 .A3513 1986

The air from other planets : a brief history of architecture to come (Lally, Sean, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; NA2540 .L255 2014

Where are the utopian visionaries? : Architecture of social exchange Frost Library; NA2540 .W44 2012

Architecture of change 2 : sustainability and humanity in the built environment Frost Library; NA2542.35 .A7352 2009

The politics of making Frost Library; NA2543.S6 P64 2007

The function of form (Moussavi, Farshid.) Frost Library; NA2750 .M68 2009

Architectonics of humanism : essays on number in architecture (March, Lionel, 1934-) Frost Library; NA2760 .M35 1998

Beda: a journey through the Seven Kingdoms in the age of Bede (Leyser, Henrietta.) Frost Library; NA5463 .L49 2015

Building art : the life and work of Frank Gehry (Goldberger, Paul, author.) Frost Library; NA737.G44 G65 2015

Maya Lin (Lin, Maya Ying.) Frost Library; NA737.L48 A4 2015 x