Architectural Studies Research Guide

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Databases

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

Reference

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.

Media

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.

Web

Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

New Titles

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

Jacques Lemercier, architecte et ingénieur du Roi (Gady, Alexandre.) Frost Library; NA1053.L454 G33 2005

The printed and the built Frost Library; NA2543.M37 P75 2018

Architecture and politics in Republican Rome (Davies, Penelope J. E., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; NA2543.S6 D33 2017

Sweet spots : in-between spaces in New Orleans Frost Library; NA2765 .S88 2018

The Sanctuary of Athena at Sounion (Barletta, Barbara A., author.) Frost Library; NA279.A39 S26 2017 x

The world underfoot : mosaics and metaphor in the Greek symposium (Franks, Hallie M., author.) Frost Library; NA3765 .F73 2018

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

Aesthetics and technology in building : the twenty-first-century edition (Nervi, Pier Luigi, author.) Frost Library; NA4125 .N413 2018 xx

The idea of the Gothic cathedral Frost Library; NA440 .I34 2018

Invention of the first-century synagogue (Matassa, Lidia, author.) Frost Library; NA4690 .M38 2018

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

Modernism and the professional architecture journal Frost Library; NA682.M63 M64 2019

Anyone Frost Library; NA682.P67 A58 1991 x

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