Architecture has many resources available for research, yet it is a broad field and specialized aspects are located in a wide variety of resources, e.g., resources for cultural studies, land use, art motifs, and construction. Print and Internet sites complement each other when doing research.

Searching for journal articles or other research for architectural related subjects can be done in a wide variety of bibliographic resources. For book materials, use PantherCat, the online catalog (see searching techniques given below).

The most specific indexes cover architecture, art history, and interior design periodicals:Avery Index to Architecture PeriodicalsResources A-Z     1930's+
Architectural Index(REF) NA 1 .A57x     1950-2008
Architectural Publications Index (RIBA)(REF) NA 1 .A58x     1974 +
see also RIBA
Art Full Text
Art Index
Resources A-Z     1984+
(c/s) N 1 .A65x     1929-1994
ArtStorResources A-Z
Dates vary; a digital library of over 1,0000,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Images are regularly added.
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)Resources A-Z     1990+
RIBA British Architectural Library
Link to the catalog of materials held by RIBA; includes articles from over 300 journal titles.
Other online journal/bibliographic indexes include, but would not be limited to:
Construction and technical aspects affect designs:Applied Science Full Text
Compendex (Engineering Village)
Civil Engineering Database
Building designs can affect and are affected by people's attitudes or social situations:PsycINFO
Sociological Abstracts
Health care institutions have specialized architectural needs:CINAHL
Studies of land use, soils, earthquakes, etc., are important in designing or constructing buildings:GeoRef
Biological and Agricultural Index
Educational institutions of all levels will have specialized architectural needs:Education Full Text
A broad overview of the table of contents of over 29,000 journals can lead to new resources:IngentaConnect
Doctoral dissertations and Master's theses can lead to often overlooked resources, especially for more local interests: (check UWM catalog for UWM theses)Dissertation & Theses
Anthropology, cultural studies, history, and religion may often cover dwellings and other structures:Anthropological Literature
eHRAF World Cultures
America: History and Life
ATLA Religion Database
Historical Abstracts
General U.S. historical interest on housing and other building styles, originally intended for the general public.Proquest Historical Newspapers: New York Times

American House Designs: an index to Popular and Trade Periodicals, 1850-1915
NA 7207 .C65 1994
A bibliography of articles not readily found elsewhere.
Other specialized indexes would include the Web of Science (Arts & Humanites Citation Index) and Early English Books, covering books published in the 1500-1600's.


Architectural research methodsNA 2000 .G76 2002
Architect's handbook of professional practice(REF) NA 1996 .A726 2008
Art & architecture thesaurus Z 695 .1 .A7 A76 1990
Terms of value in a search for materials, particularly in the Avery index.
Art information and the Internet: how to
find it, how to use it
N 59 .J66 1999
This title has a section concerning architecture.
Building design and construction handbook 6ed available via Knovel:
Dictionary of architecture and construction(REF) NA 31.H32 2006
Elements of architectural design: a
visual resource
(REF) NA 2750 .B864 1995
Elements of style: an encyclopedia of domestic
architectural detail
(REF) NA 2850 .E44 2005
American and British domestic architecture, from Tudor to post-modern.
Encyclopedia of architecture: design,
engineering & construction
(REF) NA 31 .E59 1988
A comprehensive encyclopedia, with bibliographic citations.
Encyclopedia of 20th century architecture(REF) NA 680 .E495 2004
Encyclopedia of world architectureNA 202 .S76 1994
Includes drawings, plans, and elevations.
Fowler collection of early architectural books(MF) NA 29
Guide: (MFC) NA 25 .F68x 1982
Text of nearly 500 books of historical architectural interest; individual titles are listed in the UWM Libraries catalog.
Illustrated dictionary of architectural
preservation: restoration, renovation,
rehabilitation, reuse
NA 105 .B87 2004
Index to architecture series bibliography
(Vance bibliographies)
Z 5941 .A7 (various numbers)
Knovel Scientific and Engineering Online
Knovel includes handbooks for a variety of scientific and engineering topics, including mechanical engineering resources; titles are listed individually in the UWM Libraries catalog.
Marburger index(MC) N 2
Guide: (MFC) N 6861 .M313x 1984
A collection of over 500,000 images of fine art, architecture, crafts, etc., from Germany of the Middle Ages.
Multilingual dictionary of architecture and
building terms
NA 31 .M89x 1998
Phaidon atlas of contemporary world
(FOLIO) NA 687 .P43x 2004
Photographs and floor plans with brief, general information for a wide variety of architectural buildings and styles.
ProFile: the sourcebook of U.S. architectural
design firms
(REF) NA 53 .A39a (2000)
A directory of architectural firms.
Ramsey/Sleeper architectural graphic
TH 2031 .R35 2000
Time saver standards......Check the UWM Libraries catalog for holdings
Visual dictionary of architecture(REF) NA 31 .C44 1995
Arranged by architectural detail with line drawings.
World atlas of architecture(FOLIO) NA 200 .W67 1984b
Predominately Western architecture by period, with illustrations.
World architecture index: a guide to
(REF-Info Desk) NA 202 .T4 1991
Indexing 7,200 illustrations from 100 architectural books, this is a good starting place in the search for illustrations.
Writing for design professionalsNA 1996 .K57 1998


About Architecture and Home Design and
    House Building
Includes subtopics, such as "Finding Architecture on the Web" at and "Architecture Destinations"
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Deals with the operations of the Council.
Architecture and Building
A decent list, last updated in 2009.
Architecture Web Sites
A significant list of websites covering American architecture, image archives, interior design, ancient architecture, historic preservation, general, and other categories (March 2002).
Infomine - Social Sciences & Humanities
Intute: Arts and Humanities     {site closing July 2011}
Voice of the Shuttle: Architecture
VWW Virtual Library: Architecture

Africa: Arts & Architecture

A variety of resources for Africa, both North and South of the Sahara.
A site accessing images of over 29,000 built and un-built structures, predominately from the 20th Century.
Resources on architecture, architects, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Materials, including articles and images, on worldwide architecture, with an emphasis on the Middle East.
ArtServe: Art & Architecture
ArtServe covers art and architecture, mainly from the Mediterranean Basin; this site includes over 185,000 images.
Built in America (Historic American
    Buildings Survey/Historic
    American Engineering Record)
Resource on historic buildings throughout the United States.
Catalog: NA 707 .H45 1941 & Supp.
Cities and Buildings Database
"A collection of digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world."
Digital Archive of American Architecture
From a class at Boston college, taught by Jeffery Howe, this site has digitized images of 280 American buildings.
Digital Archive of Architecture
From a class at Boston college, taught by Jeffery Howe, this site has digitized images of worldwide structures.
Digital Imaging Project
Art Historical Images of Sculpture and Architecture from Pre-historic to Post-modern
Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970
Highly detailed city plans providing researchers with a wealth of information about urban change in American cities during the first half of the twentieth century.
Great Buildings Collection
A "gateway" to architecture from around the world and throughout history, this site also includes some photographic images and architectural drawings.
Housing - Owning and Renting
General questions on home maintenance, from UW-Extension.
HUD Bibliographic Database
A bibliographic database for housing and community development, covering resources in journals, books, data sources, etc.
Islamic Architecture
A guide of textual and visual resources from MIT, with links to WWW sites and online images.
Searching African Architecture
Society of Architectural Historians
Links to informational and image resources.
S P I R O: Slide and Photograph
    Image Retrieval Online
Search the UC-Berkeley collection for images and records.
20th Century American Architecture and
    Interior Design (1935-1955)
Over 29,000 images of architectural subjects, including both exteriors and interiors of a wide variety of types of buildings and structures.


Abacus Construction Index
aecportico: Your Guide to Architecture,
    Engineering and Construction (UK)
(predominately fee-based resources)
Construction WebLinks
Find a Building (U.S. GSA)
Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating,
    Restoring,& Reconstructing Historic Buildings
    (National Park Service)
Preservation Briefs (National Park Service)

INTERNET RESOURCES FOR AREAS RELATED TO ARCHITECTURE (art history of a culture, a religion, etc.)

African Studies Center

Ancient Egypt

Architecture of Africa - Great Buildings Online

East & Southeast Asia: an Annotated Directory of Internet Resources (2006)

Google Image Search

National Archaeological Database

Perseus Digital Library

Religious Resources on the Net

WWW-VL: History of Architecture (2007)

WWW-Virtual Library: Regional Studies

WWW-Virtual Library: Social and Behavioural Sciences

Helpful Hints for Searching PantherCat, the OnLine Catalog:

The following are examples of subject headings that can be used when searching for information related to architecture in PantherCat, the online catalog. For additional subject headings, see the Library of Congress Subject Headings, (Ref) Z 695 .L6952x, or ask a Librarian for assistance. The wide variety of search concepts will also be necessary in any resource. Terms, especially the general or type of building, can be narrowed by adding a country, a time period, or even a style.

facility design and construction
landscape architecture
By country or culture:
architecture, islamic
architecture, italy
shaker architecture
By time period or style:
architecture, domestic
architecture, medieval
architecture, norman
architecture, renaissance
By type of structure:
church architecture
hospital architecture
school buildings - design and construction

Also search the holdings of the Resource Center, UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning

UWM RIS Library Guides may assist the researcher:

Periodical & Bibliographic Index and Catalog User Guides:
Anthropoligcal Literature User Guide
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Early English Books
Geobase User Guide PantherCat Searching Tips
Using Subject Headings WorldCat User Guide

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Subject guides:
African-American Reference Source Guide Anthropological Resources
Architecture in Milwaukee Geosciences: Selected Web Sites
Middle East: Useful Reference Sources Religion and Mythology: Selected Resources
Resources for the Study of Native Americans Selected Resources on African Peoples and Cultures
Web Resources for Native American Studies

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