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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 it in this recording of class offered by the library.
  • check out the classes and other services your library has to offer!
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: try some of the following ideas to select your search terms:

  • architect(s)
  • building type
  • location and/or time period

 Use the index and/or the table of contents in books.

Using scoUT
  • scoUT is UT Libraries’ discovery tool
  • 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
  • remember that many great architecture articles are NOT included in scoUT so, in most cases, you will also need to use other databases like the Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals
  • see scoUT search tips
Finding articles: Indexes and Databases
  • Choose the right database for your subject
  • Click on: Find It @ UT to determine article availability (online, in print, or Interlibrary Loan).
  • 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.
  • 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. (Includes The Grove Dictionary of Art)

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
Find Images
  • ARTstor
    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.
  • DASE
    Find images across all topics