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Architecture Library
Architecture & Planning Library GRA
Tel: (512) 495-4620

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. Learn how to use Zotero in this handout!
  • check out the classes and other services your library has to offer!
Useful resources
  • Austin, Texas maps
    Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
  • Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO)
    Consortium of finding aids for archival collections across the state of Texas.
  • Austin History Center
    Local history collection of the Austin Public Library
  • Portal to Texas History
    Offers a digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections.
  • Historic postcard images
    The site is built primarily around Casey Weaver's postcard collection, plus photographs & ephemera relating to the people and places of historical significance to Austin, Texas.
  • Handbook of Texas online
    A project from Texas State Historical Association.
  • Texas Historical Atlas
    The Atlas features nearly 300,000 site records, including data on Official Texas Historical Markers and National Register of Historic Places properties in Texas
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission
    The Texas State Archives collects permanently valuable official records of Texas government, as well as other significant historical resources.
  • Briscoe Center for American History
    This research center’s archival, artifact, and library collections contain historical treasures documenting key themes in Texas and U.S. history, including The Texas History Collection.
United States
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.
  • PAIS International
    Bibliographic index with abstracts covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues.
  • 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. Includes abstracts from 1990 with full text coverage beginning in 2001.
  • Google Book Search
    Searches complete text of books from selected library collections and publishers. Search works just like a regular Google search -- when book content contains a match for selected search terms, Google provides links to it in the search results. Depending on a few factors, Google displays everything from a few short excerpts to the entire book.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar uses the popular Google search engine to enable searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. It includes a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Google Scholar includes full text and citations. Some links to full text ask for payment.


  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full text of more than 350 newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, many same day of publication, including extensive archives for many titles.
  • Austin-American Statesman Archives
    Allows keyword searching of full text of articles since 1989. (The Austin History Center maintains a paper index to earlier years.)
  • Early American Newspapers
    Includes more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published after 1690, such as Dallas Morning News (1885 – 1977).
  • Dallas Morning News Archive - 1885 – 1977
    Provides comprehensive coverage for one of the largest daily newspapers in Texas. Select the link to World Newspaper Archive.
Archives and Libraries
  • ArchiveGrid
    Provides access to collections in thousands of libraries, museums, and archives that have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions.
  • Archive Finder (formerly ArchiveUSA)
    Directory of archives and manuscript collections in the United States with descriptions of a repository's holdings.
  • WorldCat
    Online union catalog describing the collections of thousands of libraries around the world.

Other Relevant Databases

  • Archival Collections and Primary Sources
    You can find this and other lists of databases sorted by type when go to:
    Research Tools > Find Articles Using Databases > Databases by Type > Archival Collections and Primary Sources
  • Databases - American Studies
    You can find this and other lists of databases sorted by type when go to:
    Research Tools > Find Articles Using Databases > Databases by Subject > American Studies
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 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.