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ENVD 3114: History and Theories of Architecture I

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  • Background
  • Significance: Books
  • Significance: Articles
  • Images
  • Citations

Your Assignment

Background Information should include, but is not limited to: building name, city/country location, patron or client who commissioned it, the architect(s) or designer(s), date(s) designed/constructed, building type, historic period/style

Gathering Background Infromation

Reference sources such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great tool to get acquainted with a topic. They will provide you with the basic information.
They can help you go through many buildings to find the ones you are interested in researching. They typically include a bibliography, which will identify sources for further reading.
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. Easiest to find Architects.

 

Encylopedia Britannica Online

The classic encyclopedia now online, with additional links, images, and videos.

 

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.

Art History Textbooks can give you basic information on major works of art throughout history, they will also include chapters on world-wide cultures. They can be found in the Art & Architecture Reference section
Art History Textbooks

Gardner's Art Through the Ages

 

 

Janson's Art History

 

 

Art History by Stokstad

 

 

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Your Assignment

Significance should include a quote from a scholarly source on why the work is important. General architectural textbooks; subject-specific textbooks; and articles are all allowable sources but use a different source for every building.

Finding Books

Books are important scholarly sources about architecture. Chances are there may not be an enitre book written about the particular building you are researching, so try searching for a more general topic such as "Islamic Architecture"
Library Catalogs

Chinook

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

 

Prospector

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.

 

 

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Your Assignment

Allowable sources are timely, relevant, and scholarly books and articles

Finding Articles

Articles are often the most timely resource, because they can be written faster. Finding articles in journals 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

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.

 

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.

 

JSTOR

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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Your Assignment

Images could include photos as well as architectural drawings, e.g., plans, sections, elevations. Include a title and a source; students are encouraged to use ArtStor to obtain images.

Finding Images

Image databases are more powerful tools that can help you find high-quality images. Use our How do I Find Images Guide for many more image resources.
Image Databases

ARTstor

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Finding Plans, Sections, Elevations, etc

Plans and other architectural drawings, in addition to being found in the above image databases are often found in books or articles. There are tools in order to find those sources which include plans.

Resources for Plans

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The Avery Index's advanced search lets you select for articles with plans, elevations, drawings, sketches, axonometric projections, and more.

 

Chinook

The Chinook catalog will tell you if items have illustrations or plans. Under physical description it will say ill. for illustrations or plans. Add the word plans to your search to find books that contain them.

 

 

 

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Your Assignment

Citations and References for Scholarly Quotes and Sources MLA STYLE parenthetical references list the author and the page number, e.g. (Smith 23) at the end of the quote and before the period.

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

RefWorks

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.

 

Zotero

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.

 

Mendeley

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

 

Have a strange source you're not sure how to cite? Check out our MLA Style Quick Guide [PDF] or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

 

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Your Assignment

Part VI: Present your work to your peers in the form of an Oral Presentation with PowerPoint.

Finding Images

Images are key to a successful presentation. Using high quality images that capture exactly what you are talking about make presentations both more engaging and more enlightening. Use our How do I Find Images Guide for many more image resources.
Image Databases

ARTstor

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.

 

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.

 

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.