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Architecture

The Architecture subject guide provides some basic tips on how to find books, articles and images related to architecture.

Finding Photos, Drawings, Plans, etc.

To find digital images in LionSearch use the Content Type filter on the left side of the LionSearch results screen.

  • select both Art and Image Content Types
    • you might have to click Content Type: More... to expand the options and find the Art and Image options
    • if you clicked More to expand the options, you will have to click Apply after selecting the Art and Image options
  • the Subject Terms filter on the left can help to narrow your search by
    • style: baroque, modern, etc.
    • era: 12th century, twenty-first century century, etc.
    • culture: American, Egyptian, etc.
    • type: church, dwellings, etc.
       
  • to access an image, click on the Available Online or Citation Online link in the citation

While we do have access to many digital images, most of the images, drawings and plans will be in books & journals.

  • To find books in LionSearch, use the Content Type: Book / eBook option on the left side of the LionSearch results screen.
  • Most buildings or parks do not have entire books written about them. Search the library catalog (LionSearch) by the building or park name.
    • If that doesn’t work, search by the designer’s name (for a book on the designer’s works).
  • Some buildings and design firms may be known by multiple names. Try variant names. Be certain that you are spelling the names correctly.
  • Some designers and firms do not have entire books written about them, but they will often appear in various periodicals or journals..
  • Hard copy books can be retrieved by:
    • going to the shelf location listed in the LionSearch citation
    • or by clicking the I Want It button in the citation, and the book will be retrieved for you.
  • eBooks will be marked with an orange online label next to the citation in LionSearch.
    • keep in mind that images in eBooks might not be downloadable
    • to access an eBook, click on the Full Text Online link in the citation.

While we do have access to many digital images, most of the images, drawings and plans will be in books & journals.

NOTE:  See below for the advantages using the Avery Index to find Illustrations, Elevations, Plans, etc.

  • To find journal articles in LionSearch, use the Content Type: Journal Article option on the left side of the LionSearch results screen.
  • Hard copy journal articles can be retrieved by:
    • going to the shelf location of the journal
    • or by clicking the Request button in the citation, and the journal article will be scanned for you.
  • eJournal articles will be marked with an orange online label next to the citation in LionSearch.
    • keep in mind that images in eBooks might not be downloadable
    • to access an eJournal, click on the Full Text Online link in the citation.

Finding Illustrations, Elevations, Plans, etc. with the Avery Index

The Avery Index is a Journal database that allows you to search for a particular type of document such as plans, aerial photos, sections, details that are important visual tools for learning about architectural and landscape architectural design.

While the Avery database looks different than LionSearch, it functions in a similar fashion. To search for a particular type of illustration or drawing, select your options from the Document Feature box before you perform your search. There are many Document Feature options to select from including plans, sections, elevations and models. Choose as many as you like.

Video Tutorial:

For more help with finding specific drawings and photos in Avery, view our video tutorial.

The Building Types Online database contains @ 850 case studies of recent building projects that are documented with 5000 architectural drawings and 2000 photographs. The high-quality architectural drawings are mostly vector-based, drawn to scale and available for download. While the photographs are not high resolution, they do help to provide context to the drawings.

NOTE:  Use the search box on the LEFT side of the screen. Do NOT use the search box in the top right corner of the screen.

The following Journals are known to have good scale drawings with a lot of photographs. If your search results in LionSearch or Avery returns any of these Journal Titles, look at these first:


This series of books contains basic plans, sections and some elevations to scale. Each book also contains a CD-ROM with the digital versions of the drawings. You will have to check the table of contents or index to see which buildings are in each book.
-- the scale of the drawings printed in the book varies
-- the CD-ROM contains drawings at a scale of 1:200 in both ,eps and ,dxf file formats


This two volume set contains basic plans, sections and some elevations to scale. You will have to check the table of contents or index to see which buildings are in each book. Despite the similar titles, these are not the same as the series listed above.
-- plans & sections are at a scale of 1:250, site plans vary in scale


These two books are good sources for houses by LeCorbusier.

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