ENVD 1004: Introduction to Environmental Design, Fall 2004
Library Research Methods for Environmental Design and Architecture
Katie Lage-Map Librarian
Jennifer Parker-Art & Architecture Librarian
The Map Library and the Art & Architecture Collection house valuable resources that will enhance your studies in Environmental Design and Architecture. This guide is intended to show you some of the library resources available to you.
The University Library System
The Map Library
The Art & Architecture Collection
Explore your topic and develop a strategy for finding information. What are the most important aspects of your chosen topic? What are some words that express those aspects that you might use in your searches?
Example: Searching for a specific building.
Architect's Name: Wright, Frank Lloyd
House Name: Fallingwater
Location: Bear Run, Pennsylvania
Original Owner: Kaufmann, Edgar J.
Restoration Architects: Wank, Adams, Slavin Associates
Other Keywords: "cantilever construction", water features
More Keywords (use in combination): conservation, restoration, structural stability, houses, nature
The library catalogue includes books and many other materials. It also includes user services, such as Interlibrary Loan. What it does not include is journal articles.
For the most recent information on your topic, look for journal articles. These can be found in the periodical databases covering your subject. For more, see the list of Databases on the Art & Architecture homepage or browse the Libraries' Find Articles and More alphabetical and subject listings.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals indexes more than 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation, urban planning, and landscape architecture. Coverage is from the 1930s (with selective coverage dating back to the 1740s) to the present. The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is updated daily. It is the most important database for every aspect of Architecture. There is no need to ever use the term 'architecture' in your searches.
Art Index & Art Index Retrospective
Art Index is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins from around the world, in many languages. Art Index Retrospective is a bibliograhic database that cumulates citations to Art Index volumes 1-32 of the printed index published between 1929-1984. Subjects indexed cover a wide range in the fine arts, architecture, and the decorative arts.
Humanities Abstracts/Full Text
Abstracts plus full text and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. The database indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and more. Coverage: 1984 - present. Abstracts since 1994.
Web Resources & Image Databases
Architronic: Electronic Journal of Architecture
Architecture Virtual Library
Visual Collections, Cartography
Associates, David Rumsey
Using Maps in Environmental Design Research
Maps provide valuable context to architectural and environmental design studies. Maps showing topography, political boundaries, soils, vegetation, hydrology, and other themes present the environmental setting of the study area.
The Map Library collects all types of maps at various scales. As with any research project, the materials available will depend on the the area of research. For example, the themes listed above will be explored through maps of different scales for any given study site. This means that there might be a large scale map (showing a great deal of detail) for one aspect, such as topography, and for others smaller scale maps (showing less detail) will need to be used. Part of using maps in research entails drawing conclusions from the available data.
Most maps can be searched through Chinook, just as you would search for a book. (We estimate that more than half of the maps in our collection are catalogued in Chinook. The uncatalogued maps can be browsed in the Map Library. Please ask for help!) All of the atlases, reference books, and CDs in the Map Library can be found through Chinook. When searching for maps, It is often helpful to limit your search to "material type: maps/globes".
You can browse a list of suggested map-related sites we developed for ENVD 2003 to get started with your online research.
|University Libraries, 184 UCB, 1720 Pleasant Street, University of Colorado, Boulder,
Libraries Information 303-492-8705 | Research & Instruction 303-492-7521
Send Comments to the Libraries
© 2008, The Regents of the University of Colorado