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Architecture & Design

This guide is intended to help you get started with your architecture & design research.

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Tips on Searching for Architectural Drawings in Library Catalogue

  • Searches often retrieve both architectural drawings of buildings as well as books on developing architectural drawing skills so analyze results to narrow them to meet your information needs.
  • Together with more unique search terms, add the following to your search expression:
  • Books primarily on Architectural drawing and design are LC classed at NA2695-2793


Subject: Architectural drawing

Subject: Architectural drawing -- 19th Century

Subject: Architectural drawing -- 18th Century


Teague, Edward H., 1952- World architecture index: a guide to illustrations. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1991.

  • A reference tool for finding images of approximately 7,000 architectural works reproduced in more than 100 books likely to be available in libraries with architectural collections. The index is international in coverage; includes a variety of architectural, engineering, and planning works; and covers most historical periods and styles. Citations to reproductions of exterior and interior views, plans, sections, and elevations are provided, and access is enabled by building site, architect, type of work, and name of work indexes.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1977-)

  • The key architecture index
  • Indexes more than 1,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture
  • Limit your search to the ILLUSTRATION field using the drop-down menu next to search box. 
    • Then enter applicable search terms, such as aerial, axonometric, chart(s), computer, det/details, diagr/diagram(s), drawing(s), elevation(s)ill/ills/illus, isometric, map(s), model(s), plan(s)plate(s), photo(s), port(s), secn/secns/sect/sections, site, sketches, table(s), view(s).  
    • Truncating the root of your search term with * is highly recommended as there are multiple abbreviations for each term in this index.

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