Selected Resources for: Architecture

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Subject Librarian:

Deborah Boudewyns

This subject covers: design and aesthetics of the built environment, building technologies, and historic preservation.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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.

Art Index Retrospective covers 55 years (from 1929-1984)of art journalism and research from leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, resources include data from yearbooks and select museum bulletins.

Index and abstracts of articles from periodical articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and index entries for dissertations. Covers all aspects of late 19th and 20th century art, including decorative and applied art, with particular reference to photography and three-dimensional design.

AHCI covers all disciplines in the arts and humanities. THe database indexes articles, book reviews, performance reviews, fiction, poetry, editorials, letters, etc. from over 1,100 arts and humanities journals published worldwide in all languages.
Each bibliographic citation includes a list of references cited in the source article, which are linked to other articles that cite them.

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.

DAAI is an international index to design and craft journals. It contains annotated references from more than 450 design and craft journals, and data on nearly 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. All areas of design and craft are covered, including industrial design, interior design, environmental design, computer aided design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, fashion design, textile design, graphic design, typography, multimedia design, book design, photography, advertising, theatre design, ergonomics, and design management.

Full texts of articles in academic journals covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides backruns from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases there may be a backlog of several years. JSTOR also increasingly offers the full texts of complete monographs, including books on music.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


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

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education

Covers all subjects.

Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries. Producer/Publisher is OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. This collection covers Minnesota towns and cities from 1867-1970.

Biographical Sources

African American Architects, A Biographical Dictionary

Avery Obituary Index of Architects

Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (deceased)

Contemporary Architects,

Design Encyclopedia

International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture

V1: Architects
V2: Architecture

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects


Entries on architects, terms, periods and styles of Western architectural history. Definitions of landscape terms and bios of modern architects.

Dictionary of Architecture

Dictionary of Architecture & Construction

Dictionary of Building Preservation

Dictionary of Landscape Architecture

International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture

V1: Architects
V2: Architecture

Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Includes varied terms used frequently within architecture. Covers Western architecture.


Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright : A Complete Catalog

Architecture of the United States

Corbusier Guide, Le

Guide to Architecture Schools in North America: Members and Affiliates of ACSA

Source Book of American Architecture: 500 Notable Buildings from the 10th Century to the Present

Updated ed. of: The architecture of the United States. 1st ed. 1981


Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice

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

Encyclopedia of Housing

Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects

"The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day."

General Reference Works

Environmental Resource Guide on CD-Rom (electronic resource) : includes 1997 and 1998 updates

Contains current information on the environmental aspects of building materials, based on a life-cycle analysis of materials.

Handbooks and Manuals

Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2000 International Building Code

Building Construction Illustrated

Codes Guidebook for Interiors

Concrete Construction Manual

Glass Construction Manual

International Building Code

Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design: An Illustrated Handbook

Lighting Handbook: Reference & Application

Local Climatological Data. Annual summaries

Masonry Construction Manual

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings

Pocket Guide to the ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities

Ramsey/Sleeper architectural graphic standards [computer file]

TC Arch/L.Arch Reference CD-ROM TH2031 .R35x 2000

Steel Construction Manual

Structural Details Manual

Time-saver Standards for Architectural Lighting

Time-saver Standards for Building Types

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.

Links to academic departments, archeological regions, museums, electronic journals, and more.

Pictures, details, resources, and other information about well-designed buildings from around the world.

Internet Directory

AIA Historical Directory helps you locate information about past U.S. architects in the AIA Archives and elsewhere

Web Sites

The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and facsimiles, image databases, and Web resources. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the project is produced at the University of Wisconsin Madison General Library System.

Multimedia Materials


Garland Architectural Archives

(Printed book series, Library Use Only) Excellent resources for studying detailed drawings for each building and unbuilt project by selected architectural masters: Aalto, Gropius, Kahn, Le Corbusier, Mies, Sauvage, and Schindler. Recommended for graduate level research. All of the books in this series are in the special collections. Ask staff for assistance.

Image Resources

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.

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

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Journal Titles

A collection of journals that have been digitised and available free to access on the Internet with a focus on digitised art, architecture, design and craft journals that have originally been published in print format. Click on the title to search.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

Writing Guides

Writing About Art

by Henry Sayre

Library Information

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

210 Rapson Hall
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus