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ARTH4599 - Contemporary Architecture 

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  • Research
  • Citing


Try searching for the name of your architect rather than a particular project. Also try searching for books on topics or themes you are analyzing.



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



Search for books in libraries accross the country. Use request from ILLiad to get a book.

Finding Articles & Magazines

Articles will be a good source for finding analysis and specific arguments.


Use the "Find it at CU" button to search for full text. If there is no digital version available click "Request a copy" to request a scanned PDF be e-mailed to you.


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The primary resource for finding architecture, planning, and design articles.


Proquest Central

A multi-discplinary database with a wide array of sources.

Finding Newspapers

Newspapers will be a good source to trace the controversies surrounding the contruction or use of the buildings. As well as reactions, opinions, and facts about a project


Proquest Newsstand

Great source for news articles from 1980-.


Proquest Historical Newspapers

Find newspaper articles from pre-1980.


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Cite your Sources!

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). 

Formatting Citations

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 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.


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