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Landscape Architecture Research Guide

This guide lists basic resources related landscape architecture research. More assistance?
Contact Ed Teague,,
librarian for architectural areas.

Dictionaries, encyclopedias

Dictionaries and encyclopedias can be good starting places for research. The information they provide ranges from basic facts to scholarly articles. Many have bibliographies or links that can lead to further useful information. Representative titles are listed below.

Online Resources:


  • LibrarySearch accesses books and other cataloged materials owned by the UO Libraries as well as articles from selected databases.  Read more about Library Search and how to use it.
  • New additions to the UO Libraries.  A monthly list of new titles organized by broad subjects.

More Databases

There are hundreds of databases to help you find articles in journals, newspapers, or magazines.  Once you have retrieved an article citation, you'll need to verify that UO has the journal that holds the article if it is not obviously identified as full-text.  Clicking on the  FindText which appears with citations helps you locate an item.  Multi-database searching is a feature that can be employed.  Some useful databases for landscape architecture:

  • Web of Science The most comprehensive coverage of science, social scienc, and humanities articles, 1965-present. The database may be searched by keyword or author, or for works that cite a specified author or paper.  It may be used to assess the scholarly impact of individual authors or papers, and trace the lineage of an idea through the scholarly literature.
  • Academic Search Premier. Contains indexing for more than 8,000 publications, with full text for approximately 4,600 of these titles. Focuses on academic, social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 4,500 journals. Over 3,500 of the full text journals are peer reviewed, while more than 1,600 of the indexed journals are peer reviewed. Full text backfiles go as far back as 1965.
  • Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals. Indexes more than 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.
  • UO WorldCat - In addition to library holdings, article citations populate this database, primarily at this time from ArticleFirst, which consists of millions of records from the tables of contents of over 16,000 journal titles.
  • Google Scholar. Searches many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Links to UO Library holdings in many cases.


Several excellent gateways/portals to architectural Web resources have been created to identify the best sites among thousands available. Among the best:



Images, plans

Some sources for plans and images of architecture:

Building codes, land use plans


Theses and terminal projects


Page author:  Ed Teague,  Updated: September 2013

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