The University of Texas

Reading Buildings: An Introduction to Architecture

Course number: UGS 302

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
  • for example:
  • find alternate names and spellings for your building, including the official name - for example:
    • The UT Stadium is officially called Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

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
  • for example:
    • to find information about the UT Stadium, try finding books on UT campus and builings using keywords such as:
      • "University of Texas at Austin" (campus or buildings)

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

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.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources.
  • 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.

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:

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