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Landscape Architecture


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
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
    Online library providing free and open access to the legacy literature of taxonomy and biodiversity, including landscape planning documents. The bulk of material was published prior to 1923.
  • BuildingGreen Suite
    Includes information on a wide range of topics related to sustainable building, including energy efficiency, recycled-content materials, land-use planning and indoor air quality. Integrates online versions of GreenSpec, Environmental Building News (EBN), and a database of more than 100 high-performance building case studies.
  • Environment and Planning
    Provides indexing to four journals devoted to urban planning, research and design: Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, and Environment and Planning D
  • GreenFILE
    Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 538,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 5,800 records.
  • Landscape Architecture Archives Collections
    A list of archival collections related to landscape architecture maintained by Library & Research Services at the American Society of Landscape Architects to guide researchers, members and the public to primary sources at other institutions.
  • PAIS International
    Bibliographic index with abstracts covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues. Includes documents published worldwide in any of six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The subject headings and abstracts are in English
  • What's Out There
    Maintained by the Cultural Landscape Foundation, spans over two centuries of American landscape design. Searchable by landscape name, locale, designer, type, and style.

For 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.
  • Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens + Landscapes
    A typologically organized archive of digital images with accompanying educational materials. The initial component of Catena is built around the villa, an important landscape type in garden history. Serves as an educational tool for teachers and scholars of landscape history affiliated with schools and universities.
  • DASe (Digital Archive SErvices) Collection
    DASE is a collaborative digital media repository/search engine/slideshow maker/rss feed creation tool. Material on this site may be used for educational purposes by current faculty, students, and staff of the University of Texas at Austin. Provides access to materials, licensed or otherwise, for which the copyright is held by owners other than the University of Texas at Austin.

  • For more on images, visit the School of Architecture Visual Resource Collection

Other Relevant Resources

  • Academic Search Complete
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database
  • Google Scholar
    Search engine for academic literature. Note that it only search a small fraction of what is available through specialized databases. Particularly useful to find articles and books that cite a specific article/book.
  • Google Books
    Search engine for books and journals digitized by Google and digital editions from many publishers, note that it is limited to digital/digitized materials. Use advanced search to search by title.
  • Data Management at UT
    Useful information to help researchers manage their data, identify resources at UT, and create data management plans required by funding agencies.
  • InterLibrary Services (ILS)
    You can borrow materials in any format: books, microfilm/microfiche, scans of journal articles or book chapters, conference proceedings, theses, dissertations, or reports. ILS will attempt to retrieve your preferred format when possible.
  • scoUT
    UT Libraries’ discovery tool. It is a single interface to search the combined resources provided by the University of Texas at Austin Libraries. It offers an easy and fast interface with a Google-like search box, and a large central index that includes all kinds of content, including books, journal and newspaper articles, theses and dissertations and more. For more information, see the scoUT FAQ page and scoUT search tips.
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory Online
    Provides information about journals and magazines, including where each title is indexed
  • Web of Science (ISI Web of Knowledge)
    Covers more than 8,400 journals in all subject areas. Provides web access to all three ISI citation indexes, including: Science Citation Index Expanded
  • WorldCat
    Online union catalog describing the collections of thousands of libraries around the world.

Main Journals

Current issues of the following journals can be found in the Architecture & Planning Library Reading Room. Earlier issues can be found on the north side (left side) of upper stacks level - level 6.

Remember! We also have print and/or online subscriptions to many other relevant journals. Find ejournals here.


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

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

Research Tips

  • keep a research journal, include where you have looked, what you found and how you found it
  • manage your citations: use EndNote or Zotero
  • check out the classes and other services your library has to offer!