Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Finding Articles about Architecture

Here is a list of recommended Tulane subscription databases for finding articles about architecture:

Art Abstracts [EBSCOhost] (1984-present)
A bibliographic database that cites articles from more than 300 journals published worldwide. Coverage includes yearbooks and museum bulletins. It also includes abstracting for illustrations (non-text) that appear in journals.

Art Retropective [Wilson Web] (1929-1984)
Includes indexing for over 71 journals devoted to architecture. Best for historical subjects.

ARTBibliographies Modern [ILLUMINA/PROQUEST]
An abstracting database that is a wonderful resource for modern and contemporary fine arts/architecture. Includes dissertation abstracts and museum exhibitions.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index [ISI Web of Knowledge]
Current and retrospective bibliographic information and cited references found in nearly 1,130 national and international arts and humanities journals.

The Avery Index surveys over 2500 national and international journals covering architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design, and urban planning. Although Avery includes citations dating from the 1700s, its indexing is best for the last twenty years. The University of California-Berkeley's Environmental Design Library has created a four-minute tutorial video on using the Avery Index.

GEOBase [FirstSearch]
Good for those searching for tectonics/environmental/green issues. International in scope.

GreenFILE [EBSCOhost]
Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment.

Historical Newspapers [PROQUEST]
Offers full-text of the following papers: NY Times, NY Tribune, Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta Daily World, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post , LA Times, Guardian, Observer, Pittsburgh Courier, NY Amsterdam News, LA Sentinel. The New York, Chicago, London, and Los Angeles papers are especially strong for articles about architecture and urban planning.

History of Science, Technology and Medicine [FirstSearch]

Interested in earthquake-resistant engineering? The historical relationship between architecture and mathematics?

Hospitality and Tourism Index [EBSCOhost]
Interested in the construction of museums, cultural sites (including public parks), motels, resorts, golf courses? International in scope.

Humanities Full Text [Wilson Web]
Interested in the philosophy of architecture? Psychological aspects of architecture? The history of western architecture?

Boasting full-text access to over twenty-two journals devoted to landscape/architecture/architectural history, JSTOR is especially fruitful for the historically-inclined.

Kluwer Online [SpringerLink]
Growing collection of over 2000 full-text titles associated with architecture. Most are digitized chapters or parts of texts, and inclusions are especially strong for European publications focused on modernist architecture (esp. International Style).

LexisNexis Academic
Access to U.S. and international publications, especially newspapers. Very good for finding articles related to urban development, as well as business, legal, and political aspects of architecture and sustainability. Includes The Times Picayune from 1993.

Periodicals Archive Online [PROQUEST]
Growing archive of digitized articles. Journal coverage includes: Archivo español de arte, The Art Bulletin, The Art Journal, The Structurist.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Includes indexing/abstracts for international publications related to architecture, structural engineering, and environmental studies.

Urban Studies Abstracts [EBSCOhost]
Coverage includes urban affairs, community development, and urban history.

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