Architectural Design

Provides guidance on use of the library to locate material for current and past courses in architectural design. Pull the down arrow for pages for specific courses in the sequence.

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Illustrations in Avery Index

Avery Index will allow you to search for articles with specific types of illustrations. Select "FG Illustrations" from the pulldown menu and type any of the following: aerial photographs, axonometric, charts, color, computer drawings, details, diagrams, drawings, elevations, figures, graphs, illustrations, isometric, maps, models, photographs, plans, portraits, sections, sketches, site plans.

You can combine one or more of these terms with standard terms (e.g., cathedrals).

Introduction to Journal Articles

Journal articles can provide excellent coverage of cutting-edge developments in the design disciplines. Articles appear in scholarly, trade, and popular periodicals, as well as newspapers. You will typically use a database to search for articles by topic or author.

Print periodicals pertinent to architecture are located primarily in the Fine Arts Library, with several titles in Mullins Library. In addition, some journals are available both in print and online, and some are available only online.

Browsing periodicals can help students with ideas for projects and offer the opportunity to view multiple illustrations rapidly. The staff in the Fine Arts Library are happy to point out specific journals.

Specialized Databases

Note on Controlled Vocabulary

Most searchers rely exclusively on keywords to retrieve records in databases. In many cases using keywords works well. If you wish to retrieve more precise results, try searching by the specialized terms of the database, also known as "controlled vocabulary," and often referred to as "descriptors." The order in which you enter your terms can matter as well. For example, often you can best search by author by typing the last name before the first name.

How Do I Get This Citation?

If you discover pertinent citations to journal articles in your online searches, use Find it!, OneSearch, or Fetch Item to track down your resources.

If we don't own or subscribe to the material online, you can obtain rapidly many articles and chapters via the Libraries' ILL software, ILLiad.