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Architectural History: Architecture and Urban Planning: Getting Started

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Rubenstein Riches

Duke's Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library has excellent resources in architecture, including folio volumes of plans.  Because of the nature of its collections, its riches are not as discernable through the Duke catalog as other material.  In addition to doing a search limited to Rubenstein Library, email or query a special collections librarian for a consult on what may be of interest.  RUBENSTEIN SEARCH

For example, type in   ARCHITECTURE GERMANY  in subject field.




Artificial intelligence searches everything crawled from the web.  That's a lot of information, but it can't find anything behind a paywall or locked down--like all the (proprietary) databases the library pays for.  If you don't do a library search--even in addition to an AI search--yoiu are missing the best/most recent/most authoritative material.

  • Oxford Art Online 
    Particularly good for architecture (not individual buildings, however). Excellent for architecture by country.
  • Oxford Reference 
    Excellent for urban studies, maps and arrangements/situation of buildings.
  • Humanities Commons (art history section) scholarly open-source materials for the humanities
  • Encyclopedia of World Art - (hardcopy) - older, but longer essays, especially on architectural types, half of every volume is plates, may in color
  • Pelican History of Art series, Lilly Reference Room, N5300.P38  - the standard English-language history of art. Many volumes are just on architecture.
SAH-Archipedia - portal for the Society of Architectural Historians

Medieval Studies at Duke

European Studies at Duke


Google Searches

Google Books and Google Scholar (journal articles) provide key-word searching for billions of books and journals.  This is a huge help to researchers because Duke indexes, such as the Duke Catalog and many journal indexes do NOT search the texts word, only the catalog record.  Of course, you can only see a snippet of where the words you're looking for lie.  Just copy the title of the book or journal (journal title, not article title) and enter it into the Duke catalog.

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