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.

Renaissance porticoes and painted pergolas : nature and culture in early modern Italy (Nonaka, Natsumi, author.) Frost Library; NA1115 .N66 2017

The Jewish ghetto and the visual imagination of early modern Venice (Katz, Dana E., author.) Frost Library; NA1121.V4 K38 2017

Aruvā Āruto 1898-1976 : 20-seiki modanizumu no ningen shugi = Alvar Aalto 1898-1976 (Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976.) Frost Library; NA1455.F53 A22 1998d

Mughal architecture : an outline of its history and development, 1526-1858 (Koch, Ebba.) Frost Library; NA1502 .K46 1991

CS Studio Architects : Carin Smuts, Urs Schmid : anatomy of a dream (Frey, Pierre, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; NA1596.C7 F7413 2016

Architecture is all over Frost Library; NA2500 .A7347 2017

Slavery in the city : architecture and landscapes of urban slavery in North America Frost Library; NA2543.S6 S59 2017

Building access : universal design and the politics of disability (Hamraie, Aimi, author.) Frost Library; NA2547 .H36 2017

Aural architecture in Byzantium : music, acoustics, and ritual Frost Library; NA2800 .A873 2017

Islamic architecture : its philosophy, spiritual significance & some early developments (Spahic Omer.) Frost Library; NA380.A46 S63 2009

Princes of the church : bishops and their palaces (Princes of the Church and their Palaces (Conference) (2015 : Bishop Auckland, England) author.) Frost Library; NA4840 .P75 2015

Hagia Sophia : sound, space, and spirit in Byzantium (Pentcheva, Bissera V., author.) Frost Library; NA5870.A9 P46 2017

Richard Meier, Frank Stella : architecture and art (Meier, Richard, 1934-) Frost Library; NA737.M44 A4 1996

Lebbeus Woods : experimental architecture (Myers, Tracy, 1957-) Frost Library; NA737.W667 M94 2004

Looking for Lenin (Ackermann, Niels, 1987-, photographer.) Frost Library; NA9348.U38 A25 2017

L'arc d'Orange : origine et Nachleben (Stilp, Florian, author.) Frost Library; NA9370.O7 S75 2017