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Key resources for architecture research.

Search for Books

Tips for Finding Architecture Books

  1. Experiment with your keywords.
    Keywords can include (but are not limited to): architects, building names, geographic regions, styles, notable scholars, building types, etc. Start broad, think about synonyms, and explore advanced search features to combine keywords with other search terms.
  2. Use subject headings to find similar material.
    Subject headings are similar to hashtags; they group content together under a descriptive term. The major difference is that subject headings rely on a controlled vocabulary. In other words, subject headings will be less prone to ambiguity and inaccuracies because each term refers to a specific entity/concept. Look for subject headings in LibrarySearch catalog records (see example below):

    Screenshot of catalog record highlighting the location of subject headings, located under the books "Details" section.

  3. These call number ranges correspond to Architecture-related subjects:
    NA Architecture
    NA190-1555.5 History of architecture
    NA1995 Architecture as a profession
    NA2599.5-4050 Architectural criticism; drawing and design; details and decorations
    NA9000-9428 Aesthetics of the city; city planning and beautifying
    NK1700-2195 Interior decoration; house decoration
    TH Building construction
    SB Plant culture

Online Resources

These are additional places to search for books online. Some may have electronic versions readily available, and some may require you to submit Interlibrary Loan requests to have print copies delivered to a UO Library.