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Architecture and Society

Course number: ARC 308

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Using scoUT

Finding books:

Use the Library Catalog:

  • start with keywords
  • once you find a good title, check the subject headings
  • you can save and/or email titles by using the Save to Clipboard button
  • search tips – truncation (*), phrases (“ “), for more tips see: Advanced Search

Remember: If you can’t find an entire book on your building, try searching the following:

  • architect(s)
  • building type
  • location and/or time period

Then consult the index and or table of contents to determine whether your building is featured.

Building Dictionaries

Located in Architecture Library Reference (Reading Room)

Biographical Dictionaries of Architects

Located in Architecture Library Reference (Reading Room)

  • MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects NA 200 S74 1979
    Provides biographical essays on architects born before December 31, 1930. Features bibliographies and lists of built works. Includes a chronological list of architects, and a buildings index.
  • Contemporary Architects NA 40 C6 1994B
    Major twentieth century architects and firms. Includes bibliographies and lists of built works. Some articles feature statements written by the architect.

Finding articles:

Find Articles using Databases

  • Choose the right database for your subject
  • Click on: Find It @ UT to determine article availability (online, in print, or Interlibrary Loan).

Top Indexes and Databases

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art
    Covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present and contemporary art worldwide.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Coverage includes architecture from prehistory to the present. Entries include lists of recommended readings, and links to images and related web sites. (Includes The Grove Dictionary of Art)

Find articles from a citation

When you have a citation for a specific article you will need to search for the title of the journal or magazine, the source. Once you find the journal, look for the year, volume and page number in the citation to locate the article.

  • e-journals: from the Research Tools drop down menu choose Find a Journal
  • print journals: from the Library Catalog choose Journal Title
    • current issues are kept in the reading room in alphabetical order
      • you can see the call number next to the title label
    • back issues are shelved at the upper stacks level (level 6) by call number

Finding images:

  • ARTstor  Comprised of over a million digital images of visual material encompassing artistic and historical traditions across many time periods and cultures, including architectural drawings. The concistent high quality of the images and information accompanying them makes these a preferred source for images.
  • For more on images, visit the School of Architecture Visual Resource Collection

Other useful guides:

Suggested Writing Aids and Style Guides

Writing Aids - include short but useful sections on architecture.

Style Guides - includes sample papers, finding sources and how to document sources in MLA, APA, Chicago and CSE.




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