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ARCH 3214: History and Theories of Architecture II

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  • Paradigm: Info
  • Example Project: Books
  • Articles
  • Images
  • Citing

Your Assignment

You'll need to research the basic facts of your paradigm as well as the political, social and artistic context.

Background Research

Reference sources such as encyclopedias and timelines will help you get the basic info on your paradigm and place it in its historical context.
Encyclopedias & Timelines

Oxford Art Online

An extensive online encyclopedia of Art & Architecture. It will be best to look up architectural styles like Palladianism or International Style. It will also be good for biographies of individual architects. Individual entries are written by scholars in the field and typically include an extensive bibliography of relevant resources.


Timeline of Art History

With thematic essays and by placing events on the timeline, a great way to find the context of your paradigm. You can research parallel art movements, and find out other events going on at the same time.


Reference Universe

Indexes the library's ebook and print reference works such as dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias.





Chinook is the catalog for books and other materials owned by the CU Libraries.


Search for your style such as <Gothic Revival> or <Baroque Architecture>


You can also construct searches with period and country like <architecture japan 20th century>



Check for books your professor has placed on reserve.

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Your Assignment

For each paradigm, you will use two projects as examples to illustrate your project.  One of those two examples may be a building in the textbook, although you must find more information about it than is available in the textbook. 

Finding Books

Books will be important sources for specific buildings. Very famous works will have entire books written about them, many others however won't. You'll need to search more broadly, or use other tools like google books to get within the book.
Library Catalogs


Chinook is the catalog for books and other materials owned by the CU Libraries. Articles are not in Chinook. Search for more broad subjects.


Google Books

Allows you to search within a book for content. This is important for specific buildings because it will allow you to find out if it is talked about in a book but not the main focus. Once you find a book, check our library to see if we own that book.



If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Once requested, the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.



If you need still more sources, Worldcat will search most American libraries and some foreign libraries. You can request books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), there will be a link in the Worldcat to "Request from ILLiad."


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Finding Articles & Magazines

Articles will be a good source for finding information about your example projects because they will be much more specfic than books, and will often be written about a specific building.


Finding articles in magazines requires using a database, which brings together the individual titles from multiple magazines and makes them searchable. Databases are often focused on a specific subject.

Scope: The topics and periods that an index includes articles on.

Coverage: How many magazines and journals it includes and for what dates.


Article Indexes

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The primary resource for finding architectural periodicals.

Scope: Architecture and Design throughout History

Coverage: 700 architectural magazines both scholarly and popular as far back as 1865.

Finding Plans, Drawings and Images: The advanced search page in Avery Index includes physical description check boxes for axonometric drawings, plans, elevations, maps, sketches and more.

Art Full Text
An excellent general resource for art, art history, architecture, and related topics.

Scope: World-Wide Art & Architecture throughout history

Coverage: 600 scholarly and popular art magazines dating back to 1923.



A full-text archive of important scholarly publications in the humanities and social sciences. It covers far fewer journals and so is best used when you need to be able to search the full-text of articles.

Scope: Not defined

Coverage: 33 scholarly journals in Architecture, 191 scholarly journals in art history covering their entire publishing history.



Need more databases? Check out all our databases organized by subject here.


Accessing Resources from Off Campus
In order to use the databases listed below (and any other licensed resources provided by the library), you MUST download, install, and run VPN software. For more information about VPN, please see the library's page on Off Campus Access.


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Finding Images

You're required to find an image of your building. You can use the library's databases to find better images.


Use our How do I Find Images Guide for many more image resources.


Don't forgot Journal Articles and Books, the library provides scanners!


Consult with the VRC for more image help.

Image Databases


Over one million images of visual and material culture, covering all geographic areas and historical periods. ARTstor is the best resource for finding high-quality images of architecture. It often includes plans and multiple views.


CU Digital Library

Images digitized by the University Library and Visual Resources centers. The architecture and planning collection contains 100,000 images.


AP Images

Provides access to Associated Press photos. Particularly useful for images of architecture, public spaces, archaeological sites, etc. Limit by date to close in on images from your time period.


Google Image Search

Use advanced search options to limit to large size image.



A place to find crowd-sourced images. Great for buildings especially recent contemporary architecture or tourist attractions.


Creative Commons

From here you can search many different online image resources (such as Flickr) for pictures you can freely use, change, or re-mix.


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Cite your Sources!

For this course you're required to use Chicago Author-Date style. Remember to cite not only everytime you quote a source, but also whenever you use another scholar's idea, even if in your own words.

Formatting Citations

You can use the OWL online guide to find clear guidlines on using Chicago Style.


The library has access to the official Online Chicago Manual.

Automate your Bibliography

There are several programs available that allow you to save citations you find on the web and automaticaly generate bibliographies. Using them at the outset of your research means you won't have to go back. These are huge time savers!
Citation Managers


A web-based citation management tool that allows you to save citations and retrieve them later using "Find it at CU" buttons. Citations from most databases can be easily exported directly to RefWorks. It also creates and formats bibliographies automatically using the citations you store in it.



A Firefox plugin that easily captures citations from library catalogs and article databases. Integrates with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice to generate bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations.



Stand alone software that allows you to organize your citations, add pdf's, and annotate. Integrates with word processing software.