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SoA Senior Thesis Research: Research Tools Checklist

This guide will help ground you in resources available on campus while also offering research strategies developed to save you time but cover your bases.

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Key Databases

Avery Index to Periodical Literature (1930s+): Indexes journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. All periods covered.  A must for any architecture-related thesis topic

RIBA: Searches articles in over 300 of the world's most respected architectural periodicals details of books and audio visual materials acquired by the RIBA Library, including information on books available for loan to RIBA members.

ARTbibliographies Modern (1974+): Full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with approximately 12-13,000 new entries added each year.  Covers 19th century through the present. 

America History and Life: Primary resource for scholarship on the history of North America.  Indexes disserations, book chapters, and is essentialy to any humanities-based literature review.  Historical Abstracts is the international counterpart to America History & Life - critical resource for non-North American topics.

Urban Studies Abstracts (1974+): Covers essential areas related to urban studies incl. urban affairs, community development, architecture, urban design and history, and other areas of key relevance.  Covers 1950s through the present. 

Applied Science and Technology Full Text (1913+): General science and technology articles from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere; non-English language articles are included if English abstracts are provided.


Full List of Architecture Databases ~ Full List of Urban Studies  Databases Newspapers

Select Image & Media Resources

ARTstor - Incl. PU's Art & Archeology Digital Image Collections and the Archivision Digital Research LIbrary.

Pidgeon Digital (illustrated talks by architects and designers)

Masters of ArchitectureAn ongoing series of 7000+ digital images from Pidgeon Audiovisual and World Microfilms. The charter collection consists of images digitized from the original collection of 58 slide sets belonging to architects and published between the mid 80s and 2003. Slide collections are added on a regular basis.

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