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ARTH 4569: US Architecture

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  • Basics
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Boulder History
  • Images
  • Citations

Get Background Info

Reference sources such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great tool to get acquainted with a topic. Use these sources to get the basic idea of topics without having to read a whole book on them.
They typically include a bibliography which can kickstart your research on a subject.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Oxford Art Online

An extensive online encyclopedia of Art & Architecture. Individual entries are written by scholars in the field and typically include an extensive bibliography of relevant resources.


Gale Virtual Reference

Searches across many reference sources at once, providing full text entires. A perfect tool to look at one topics through many different lenses.


Reference Universe

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


Encylopedia of Modern Architecture

Print reference source specifically for Modern Architecture.


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Your Assignment

A bibliography consisting of at least five specific sources (not general biographies or art history texts or websites ). 

Finding Books

Books will be some of the most important sources (both primary & secondary) you will find on your topic. Many will include drawings, plans, and images that are considered primary sources. Primary sources also include architects' writings, essays, or interviews, many of which have been published in books.
Library Catalogs


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



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."


Google Books

Allows you to search within a book for content. This can help you locate ideas or references within a book. Once you find a book, check our library to see if we own that book.


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Finding Articles

Finding articles in magazines requires using an Index, which brings together the individual titles from multiple magazines and makes them searchable. Indexes 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.

Find Plans, Drawings, etc: Avery's advanced search has check boxes for plans, drawings, elevations, and more.

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

Scope: World-Wide Art throughout history

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


Proquest Historical Newspapers

An excellent tool for finding primary source newspaper articles

Scope: Major U.S. Newspapers

Coverage: From the mid 1800's to the 1980's



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.



Does your paper intersect with topics beyond Art, Architecture & Design? 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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Boulder History


Web Resources

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Digital Collection.

Historical insurance maps of Boulder. Go to the map library to see the paper collection, which holds maps of more Colorado cities and different years. Please make an appointment to view these: maplib@colorado.edu


Boulder History Museum


City of Boulder History


Denver Public Library Digital Collection

Historic Colorado photographs and more.


Carnegie Branch Library for Local History

The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History archive collects, preserves, and disseminates collections of materials on the history of Boulder County—with an emphasis on Boulder—and its people.


Carnegie Photo Collection

Follow the number links to view the collection. For example 207 is historic buildings, listed by street.


Proquest Newstand

Denver Post Articles from 1988 and Daily Camera articles from 2010


Print Resources

Books on Boulder's Historic Architecture and City Planning

Found in the Art & Architecture Collection


Books with Pictorial Histories of Boulder

Images of Boulder, then and now


Books on Boulder's History


Boulder 1859-1919

Map Library--Map Book  F784.B66 L36 2008

Book with historical photos and views. On reserve in the Map Library


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Schedule a Research Consultation with a librarian to get in-depth help and guidance. I can help you overcome a roadblock in your research or with developing excellent keywords and search strategies.


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Finding Images

Images are key to illustrating your points. Finding high quality images of just the right part of a building, or the detail you need will allow you to more persuasively argue your points. Use our How do I Find Images Guide for many more image resources.
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 art.


CU Digital Library

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


Colorado Architecture Collection

Put together by the ENVD Visual Resources Collection.


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.



A good source for photos of buildings and outdoor spaces, especially those visited by tourists.


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Your Assignment

Use proper footnote and bibliographic format.  A Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press) provides information on footnoting and bibliography citations.  Footnote all quotations, statements of fact, and interpretations attributable to specific authors.  Use endnotes or footnotes, but do not footnote the text internally (using parentheses or brackets)

Chicago Style

You can use the OWL online guide to Chicago Style to help you format your biblioraphy. The library also 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.