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Architecture Research Guide


This guide lists key resources for researching architecture and interior architecture. The Architecture and Allied Arts Library (Eugene) and the Portland Library & Learning Commons are primary service points for collections and services in this area. For assistance, contact
 Ed Teague <>
(541) 346-1954

Dictionaries, encyclopedias

  • Oxford Reference Online provides full-text of dozens of reference works including Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Dictionary of Modern Design, Oxford Companion to Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art & more.  Select the Art & Architecture subject category.
  • Oxford Art Online, accesses Grove Art Online --the most extensive scholarly art and architecture encyclopedia and other encyclopedias.

Books & more

  • LibrarySearch accesses books and other cataloged materials owned by the UO Libraries and other libraries, as well as articles from selected databases.  Read more about Library Search and how to use it.
  • Google Books,, is especially useful in located information within books because of its full-text searching ability.  The books can then be obtained in the library.


There are many databases for articles in journals and trade magazines that are useful for architectural research.  Clicking on the FindText which appears with citations helps you locate an item in the library, online, or elsewhere.  Multi-database searching is a feature that can be employed to expand searches beyond one database.

  • Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals.  The principal architecture database indexes 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture, landscape architecture, planning, interior design, and preservation. Coverage is from the 1930s (with selective coverage dating back to the 1860s) to the present.
  • Academic Search Premier. Contains indexing for more than 8,000 publications, with full text for approximately 4,600 of these titles. ASP focuses on academic, social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals.   Full text backfiles go as far back as 1965.
  • Web of Science The most comprehensive coverage of humanities, science, and social science articles, 1965-present. The database may be searched by keyword or author, or for works that cite a specified author or paper.  
  • Newspaper indexes are good for local, regional information.  There are several online Oregon newspaper indexes.

Images, plans, data about architecture

Some sources for plans, images, descriptive information of architecture:

  • ARTstor, over 1,500,000 images of cultural objects including Quick Time panoramas (QTVR) of buildings and their interiors.

News about architecture

Professional associations & directories

Building codes & standards

Graphic standards (examples)

  • Architectural Graphic Standards. 11th ed.  AAA REF TH2031 .A84 2007
  • Interior Graphic Standards. AAA REF TH2031 .M34 2003
  • Time Saver Standards for Building Types. AAA REF NA2760 .D42 2001
  • Time Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning. AAA REF NK2110 .T48 2001
  • Time Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture. AAA REF SB475.9 S72 T55 1998
  • Time Saver Standards for Urban Design. AAA REF HT166 .T47 2003
  • Universal Design Handbook.  AAA REF NA2545.A1 U55 2001. 

Terminal projects

Page author:  Ed Teague,  Updated: 9 Sept. 2014

Created by ehteague on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Aug 24, 2015
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