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 two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    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.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

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
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

Architecture and urbanism in the French Atlantic empire : state, church, and society, 1604-1830 (Bailey, Gauvin A., author.) Frost Library; NA1044 .B35 2018

Louis Le Vau : et les nouvelles ambitions de l'architecture française, 1612-1654 (Cojannot, Alexandre.) Frost Library; NA1053.L38 C65 2012

Architecture and feminisms : ecologies, economies, technologies Frost Library; NA2543.F45 A735 2018

Flintstone modernism : or the crisis in postwar American culture (Lieber, Jeffrey (Jeffrey D.) author.) Frost Library; NA2543.S6 L54 2018

Minoan architecture and urbanism : new perspectives on an ancient built environment Frost Library; NA267 .M56 2017

Reframing the Alhambra : architecture, poetry, textiles and court ceremonial (Bush, Olga.) Frost Library; NA387 .B87 2018

Montage and the metropolis : architecture, modernity, and the representation of space (Stierli, Martino, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; NA500 .S75 2018

The British Mosque. An architectural and social history. (Saleem, Shahed, author.) Frost Library; NA5468 .S35 2018

Tomb and temple : re-imagining the sacred buildings of Jerusalem Frost Library; NA5978.J4 T65 2018

Housing the new Romans : architectural reception and classical style in the modern world Frost Library; NA600 .H68 2017

Buddhist architecture in the Swat Valley, Pakistan : stupas, viharas, a dwelling unit (Faccenna, Domenico, author.) Frost Library; NA6010.72.S93 F33 2014

Europäische Galeriebauten (Galleries in a Comparative European Perspective (Conference) (2005 : Rome, Italy)) Frost Library; NA6696.E85 G35 2010

Anyone Frost Library; NA682.P67 A58 1991 x

Amherst : a guide to its architecture (Norton, Paul F.) Archives and Special Collections; NA735.A52 N67

The earth, the city, and the hidden narrative of race (Anthony, Carl, author.) Frost Library; NA737.A58 A2 2017

Les Tuileries : grands décors d'un palais disparu Frost Library; NA7736.P5 T84 2016 x

Mitte! : Modernisierung und Zerstörung des Berliner Stadtkerns von 1850 bis zur Gegenwart (Goebel, Benedikt.) Frost Library; NA9200.B47 G64 2018