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 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.
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.

Rem Koolhaas, OMA : the construction of merveilles (Gargiani, Roberto, 1956-) Frost Library; NA1153.K64 G3713 2008

Shanghai (Balfour, Alan (Alan H.)) Frost Library; NA1547.S5 B35 2002 x

Meiji revisited : the sites of Victorian Japan (Finn, Dallas.) Frost Library; NA1554.5 .F56 1995

Fallen glory (Crawford, James (Writer on aerial photography) author.) Frost Library; NA209 .C73 2015

The architecture of the Roman triumph : monuments, memory, and identity (Popkin, Maggie L., 1981-, author.) Frost Library; NA2543.S6 P665 2016

Architectural robotics : ecosystems of bits, bytes, and biology (Green, Keith Evan, author.) Frost Library; NA2543.T43 G69 2016

The architecture of the ancient Greek theatre Frost Library; NA278.T5 A734 2015

Beobachtungen zum formalen Aufbau and zum Sinngehalt der Friese des Siphnierschatzhauses (Brinkmann, Vinzenz.) Frost Library; NA2965 .B75 1994

Sacred spaces : Turkish mosques & tombs (Cross, Mary, photographer.) Frost Library; NA4670 .C76 2013

Balochistan : architecture, craft, and religious symbolism (Keiany, Mohsen, 1970- author.) Frost Library; NA4670 .K42 2015

Terminal architecture (Pawley, Martin.) Frost Library; NA680 .P26 1998

Fundamentals : 14th international architecture exhibition (International Architectural Exhibition (14th : 2014 : Venice, Italy)) Frost Library; NA687 .I57 2014

Arquitectura para la emergencia social y ambiental : coloquio, Buenos Aires, FADU, UBA, abril 2005 Frost Library; NA7292 .A76 2009

The emperor's house : palaces from Augustus to the age of absolutism Frost Library; NA7710 .E47 2015

Architecture and empire in Jamaica (Nelson, Louis P., author.) Frost Library; NA809 .N45 2016