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.

Karl Friedrich Schinkel : unter dem bestirnten Himmel (Wolzogen, Christoph von, author.) Frost Library; NA1088.S3 W65 2016

African architecture : evolution and transformation (Elleh, Nnamdi.) Frost Library; NA1580 .E44 1997

Women and the making of the modern house : a social and architectural history (Friedman, Alice T.) Frost Library; NA2543.W65 F75 2006

The genesis of Roman architecture (Hopkins, John North, author.) Frost Library; NA310 .H7595 2016

Zhuang xiu = Renovación = Renovation = Tajdīd = Obnovlenie = Rénovation (Davenport, Nancy, 1965-, photographer.) Frost Library; NA4184 .D384 2016

Architektur und Medien : die künste des raumes im zeitalter der medien (Weibel, Peter, author.) Frost Library; NA500 .W45 2015

Hokkeji Amida Jōdoin to Byōdōin Hōōdō (Sannomiya, Chika, 1978- author. 三宮千佳, 1978- author.) Frost Library; NA6053.3 .S26 2014

One World Trade Center : biography of the building (Dupré, Judith, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; NA6233.N5 O643 2016 x

Orthographs : the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (Yerolymbos, Yiorgis, author, photographer.) Frost Library; NA6811.5.G8 Y47 2017 xx

House rules : an architect's guide to modern life (Berke, Deborah, author.) Frost Library; NA7125 .B475 2016 x

Edward Shaw of Boston : antebellum architect and author : an introduction (O'Gorman, James F., author.) Frost Library; NA737.S455 O39 2016