How to search for and find architectural literature and images
This guide was created to help students of architecture find the information they need for their studies.
In this guide you will:
Find key resources for architecture, including building plans.
Plan a search to find information for a sample assignment question
Find referencing resources
Key resources for Architecture
ProQuestProquest is a multidisciplinary database that is great for topics on architecture, design and art history. Contained within Proquest is the Avery Index, which lets you search for articles containing drawings. To learn how to use the Avery Index, see our Finding Building Plans guide.
Taylor and Francis Online JournalsTaylor and Francis contains a rich collection of high quality academic writing on architectural theory, as well as technical writing on building and construction.
JSTORJSTOR contains full text journal articles going back to the late 1800's. This scope of content makes it unique, and especially useful for research on older buildings.
Birkhauser Building Types OnlineBirkhauser contains a page of info, specs, images and plans for thousands of buildings worldwide. It's easy to use and lets you refine your search by building type.
ArtStorContains photographs of buildings, furnishings and some building plans, as well as art and design objects going back to prehistory.
Pidgeon DigitalInterviews with architects going back to the 1950’s, providing insight into the creative process of some the greatest architects of the last century – Zaha Hadid, Mies van Der Rohe, Frank Gehry, and more.
Manuals and Standards
AcumenAcumen is a professional practice resource for architects. It contains notes on how to operate an architectural practice, run building projects, and how to design and build sustainably
National Construction CodesFormerly known as the Building Code of Australia, this website contains Volumes 1 and 2 of the Construction code (covering domestic and industrial buildings), plumbing, drainage codes and more. They are free to access, but you need to register with NCC to view.
Standards AustraliaStandards Australia provides access to the complete collection of current Australian Standards, as well as draft Standards, ACA technical standards and handbooks. You need to register to be able to download PDFs.
Useful for providing an overview of a topic or issue. Contains background information and context and is very useful as a starting point for research - especially if you are new to a topic!
Contains the latest research on very specific topics and often contains in-depth analysis. Journal articles are published more quickly than books so can be used to find more up to date information.
Images encompass a wide range of different types, including artwork, photographs, building plans & graphs. Different styles of images include stock images, artefacts, exhibits, infographics and more.