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ARCH 131s Basic Design Studio I, Fall 2018

Resources for student research into architectural exemplars and precedents

General & Design Sources

Starts with Google-style searching of Penn State's library catalog (The CAT) plus most of the e-journals and e-books at Penn State. Unlike Google, allows many ways of manipulating the results. For more information, see the video tutorials listed below:

Like LionSearch, The CAT is an online catalog of materials owned by the Penn State Libraries: books, journals, audiovisuals, maps, recordings, etc.

However, it is easier to find SPECIFIC BOOKS and SPECIFIC JOURNAL TITLES using The Cat since the database does not search the contents of materials (articles in journals, chapters in books.)

Describes articles and books on architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. Free info from one of the largest architecture libraries in the world. Unfortunately, no links – each item chosen must be checked in The CAT or LionSearch to determine if it is immediately available.

In addition to listing the books and other collections of one of the largest architectural libraries in the world, the Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects, this catalogue contains hundreds of thousands of records describing each feature article in more than 300 important architectural periodicals. “Architecture” here means history and current practice, as well as landscape architecture, interior design, urban design, and a significant amount of related engineering (civil, structural, construction, etc.) 

Describes articles related to architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. Links via the Get It! button.

Contains descriptions of articles on the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, furniture, and interior design and decoration in more than 700 international magazines. Most indexing began with 1934, but some titles are indexed to dates as early as 1741. Updated weekly.

A selection of recent buildings arranged by types. Choose “Schools and Kindergartens” to browse 132 examples, each with excellent photos and drawings.

Documentation of about 850 recent building projects organized by building types (that is to say, the functional purpose of the building.) Typical results include a project description, drawings, and photographs. Essays discussing major types are also available. Especially strong in housing and its variations but also including libraries, museums, schools and industrial, office and sacred buildings.

Often the most useful specialty drawings (e.g. plans, sections, elevations, axonometric drawings, etc.) are found in journals.  Since many core design journals are not available full-text online, you will need to locate the paper format of the journal in the Library.  You can search for the journal in either The CAT or in LionSearch.  It is generally easier to locate a specific journal title in The CAT.

The CAT: paper format journals

To search for a specific journal title in The CAT

  • type the journal title into the main search box on the Quick Search page
  • click the radio button next to Exact
  • change the pull-down box option to Journal Title
  • click Search

The search screen will look like this:

Screen shot of a search for A+U in the CAT.


LionSearch: paper format journals

To search for a specific journal title in LionSearch

  • enclose the journal title in quotation marks (“ “) when you type the title into the search box (e.g. “A+U”)
  • click the magnifying glass icon to start the search.

The search screen will look like this:

Screen shot of a search for A+U in LionSearch.

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