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Architecture Resources

-- Key resources to support architecture research at Arizona State University

Selected Databases

It is always a great idea to log into your library account before searching through databases. You will be linked up to your articles in a way that is much quicker and smoother. 

Image Databases

Archivision Digital Research Library
The Archivision Digital Research Library is a repository of architectural images representing Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th-/19th-century, and Modern architecture.
The images in this repository are accessible, as an institutional repository, via ARTstor.

ARTstor Digital Library
The ARTstor Digital Library is comprised of digital images and related data and the tools to make active use of those images. The Collection contains approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different cultures and disciplines.
The collection documents artistic traditions across many times and cultures and embraces architecture, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, photography, and design -- as well as many other forms of visual culture.
ARTstor contains the following topical collections:

  • Architecture & Architectural History
  • Classical Studies
  • Design & Decorative Studies

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 (Arizona) 
Provides digital access to historic maps of towns and cities in Arizona.

American Memory (The Library of Congress)
Gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.
The site offers more than 5 million items from more than 90 historical collections - including these selected image collections:

Sample American Memory keyword search: Tempe canals

Open Access Databases and Websites

Directory of Open Access Journals - Architecture
DOAJ is online directory that indexes and provides access to open access, peer-reviewed journals

Publisher of research in the history and theory of architecture. CCA's Dean of Architecture Jonathan Massey is a contributor and past editor

Places is an online open access journal that publishes essays, criticism, photography, and peer-reviewed scholarship on architecture, design, and urbanism

Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus 
The thesaurus is a helpful tool to find subject terms related to architectural and art history research

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