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Architecture: Introduction

This guide will provide recommended library materials for your Architecture research, and it will show you how to find more sources. Whether you're looking for books in the library, journals on the shelves, articles online, or online streaming multimedia, this guide helps you get started.

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Search Strategies

Keep these tips in mind as you start your research - 

Call numbers

In the Library of Congress classification system, architecture is classed with the Fine Arts, in NA.  For example:

NA1995 covers architecture as a profession.

NA9000s is where you will find city planning.

More information on the LC Classification system can be found at the Library of Congress website.


Try using an asterix - architect* - to pick up architecture, architectural, architects.  Then add another keyword specific to your interest:

architect* history

architect* education

architect* church


Subjects are controlled headings, and are more specific than keywords.  Specify a subject search by putting “su:” in front of your terms.

su: architecture italy

su: architecture modern

su: construction

su: historic preservation

 These kinds of keyword and subject searches are VERY broad!  Don't forget to use the filters on the left in the online catalog to narrow your results!

- We do have some tutorials on searching the catalog.  Check them out here. -

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