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Subject Librarian:

Deborah Ultan

This subject covers: art and landscape architecture, landscape design, landscape ecology, landscape history and theory, rural and suburban landscape planning, landscape reclamation, waterway planning and design, landscape perceptions studies, transportation design, landscape technology: planted form, and professional practice for landscape architects.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Riba Library catalog including books and index to architectural periodicals.

Art Full Text, produced by The HW Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. There is full-text coverage for selected periodicals. Coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.

Recognized as one of the world's leading databases of the architectural literature. Indexes more than 1,000 western language periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, decorative arts, environmental studies, furniture, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning/city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 10 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

Provides extensive indexing of scholarly and technical periodicals, conference proceedings, and report literature in all engineering disciplines including applied physics, electronics, materials science, and related fields in science and management. Indexes nearly 3000 sources worldwide.

Search both Inspec and Compendex for articles and conference papers related to engineering, computer science, and physics.

A resource for access to articles about gardens and plants. Topics include horticulture, botany, garden and landscape design & history, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. This index and abstract product is designed for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design & history. Indexed and abstracted are more than 430 core titles, the majority of which are published in English.

Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.

Indexes publications relating to the history of urban forestry; urban forest legislation; the benefits of urban forests; selection and planting of trees; maintenance of the urban forest; planning and management; and urban forestry programs. Covers journal articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents. Database produced by the U of Minn Forestry Library.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


The Hathi Trust is a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.

Public domain works:

Anyone can view and download one page at a time. Users with a current University of Minnesota login can download the full work.

Copyright protected works:

Works protected by copyright will have limited access, except for users with print-reading disabilities who apply for special access to digitized works.

Additional information on accessing HathiTrust

Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Biographical Sources




Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. PLANTS is a collaborative effort of the USDA NRCS National Plant Data Team (NPDT), the USDA NRCS Information Technology Center (ITC), The USDA National Information Technology Center (NITC), and many other partners.


Call Numbers: Landscape Architecture

SB Plant culture

SB39 Horticultural voyages, etc.
SB71-87 History
SB107-109 Economic botany
SB109.7-111 Methods for special areas. Including cold regions, dry farming, tropical agriculture SB112 Irrigation farming
SB113.2-118.46 Seeds. Seed technology
SB118.48-118.75 Nurseries. Nursery industry
SB119-124 Propagation. Including breeding, selection, grafting, air layering
SB125 Training and pruning
SB126Artificial light gardening
SB126.5-126.57 Hydroponics. Soilless agriculture
SB127 Forcing
SB128 Growth regulators
SB129-130 Harvesting, curing, storage
SB169-172.5 Tree crops
SB175-177 Food crops
SB183-317 Field crops. Including cereals, forage crops, grasses, legumes, root crops, sugar plants, textile plants, alkaloidal plants, medicinal plants
SB317.5-319.864 Horticulture. Horticultural crops
SB320-353.5 Vegetables
SB354-402 Fruit and fruit culture
SB381-386 Berries and small fruits
SB387-399 Grape culture. Viticulture
SB401 Nuts
SB403-450.87 Flowers and flower culture. Ornamental plants
SB406.7-406.83 Plant propagation
SB409-413 Culture of individual plants
SB414 Forcing
SB414.6-417 Greenhouses and greenhouse culture
SB418-418.4 Container gardening
SB419-419.3 Indoor gardening and houseplants
SB419.5 Roof gardening. Balcony gardening
SB421-439.8Classes of plants. Including annuals, climbers, ferns, lawns, perennials, shrubs
SB441-441.75 Flower shows. Exhibitions
SB442.5 Care and preparation of cut flowers and ornamental plants for market
SB442.8-443.4 Marketing. Cut flower industry. Florists
SB446-446.6 Horticultural service industry
SB447 Preservation and reproduction of flowers, fruits, etc.
SB447.5 Bonkei. Tray landscapes
SB449-450.87 Flower arrangement and decoration
SB450.9-467.8 Gardens and gardening

Handbooks and Manuals

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

It is the online source of continuous information for a growing community of thousands of architects searching for the latest architectural news: projects, products, events, interviews and competitions among others.

Open Access Resources

Humanities Commons is a trusted, nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone.

Web Sites

"Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association representing landscape architects. Beginning with 11 original members, ASLA has grown to more than 16,200 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, US territories, and 42 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship."

This Web site offers pdf files of each letter of the Library of Congress call number classification scheme, A to Z.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

Large collection of lantern slides of American buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920. Source materials for this collection come from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Included is the work of Harvard faculty Frederick Law Olmsted, Bremer W. Pond, and James Sturgis Pray, as well as that of other landscape architects throughout the country. The collection offers views of cities, buildings, parks, and gardens, including Boston's Park System.

ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. How to use ARTstor:

"The Digital Content Library (DCL) consists of around 300,000 items from teaching and research collections across the University of Minnesota. Support is provided for just about any digital file format including images, videos, audio, 3-D objects, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs."

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Individuals can access a trove of tens of thousands of images across these institutions through DPLA's search interface (by selecting the "images" filter on results after performing a keyword search). Alternatively, consider using the OpenPics app. ( to find images from the DPLA (and other repositories).

A curated bibliography of quality image collections listed by subject. These resources include local collections, licensed content, and select open online collections of images.

"The LAIR Website has been designed to foster active, collaborative learning and encourage community building across a variety of campuses serving landscape architecture education."

A selection of image collections have been digitized.

SPIRO is the visual online public access catalog to the 35mm slide collection of the Architecture Visual Resources Library (AVRL) at the University of California at Berkeley. The collection numbers over 250,000 slides and 20,000 photographs. Web images display in thumbnail only. Copyright use without permission for student work, educational purposes, non-published works (with attribution). All other use requires permission.

Videos and Films

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

Consists of: HortScience, HortTech and Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science

Electronic Journal Titles

Journal Titles

News Sources

Full-text news for over 9,000 sources including U.S. and international news sources, major wire services, and hundreds of local broadcasting outlets and blogs. Provides unique coverage of local news outlets, including over 100 Minnesota sources. Paid advertisements are excluded. Collections can be searched by specific title, region, state, country, or continent. Mostly English language news coverage with some 200 titles in Spanish, French, Afrikaans and other languages.

A starting-off page for finding online and print newspapers subscribed to by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

ArchiveGrid provides detailed information about archival, museum, library, and other special collections of historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials, primarily in the United States. ArchiveGrid is not a full-text archive, but it provides sophisticated search functions for locating archives and contacting these institutions.

Guide on how to use Archives & Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Including general information about how to conduct research using primary materials.

NYPL Digital Collections provides access to over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library.

Search some 3,400 finding aids to collections of archival material at the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections. A finding aid is a guide and inventory list to a collection of archival materials, personal papers, or manuscripts. For more information about this resource, please see the Finding Aid FAQ or contact the Libraries.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The archives collects the records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, and interior designers from a region which includes Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and the eastern Dakotas. Every type of document generated by these individuals and firms is collected: drawings of all kinds, specifications, job files, and photographs are chiefly sought.The collections span nearly 130 years of work by many notable practitioners.

Library Information

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

210 Rapson Hall
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus