This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites about Architecture topics. Use the buttons on the right to start searching for different types of materials.
The Bloomsbury Architecture Collection is now available! This collection includes 40 e-books on architecture and related topics including the great Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture, now with full color photos along with the original drawings.
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The best way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. Try to choose specific keywords. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic. Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.
|Search for the building name||Ex. Larkin Building / Chapel of St. Ignatius|
|Search for an Architect||Ex. Boullee / Le Corbusier|
|Search for the type of building||Ex. Domestic Architecture / Temples|
|Search for the type of Architecture||Ex. Organic Architecture / Industrial Architecture|
|Search for the city or country in which the building is located||Ex. Architecture Florida / Architecture Spain / Architecture Italy|
|Search for the time period||Ex. Architecture Ancient / 19th Century Architecture / Modern Architecture|
|Search for specific artistic eras in Architecture||Ex. Architecture Postmodern / Gothic Architecture|
|Search for specific topics related to Architecture||Ex. Building Laws / Building Code|
There are some materials available for check out at the Library Circulation Desk for some Architecture courses as selected by your Instructor. Your instructor will let you know if you need reserve materials. Note: The Reserves collection is temporarily unavailable.
Search for your course here: COD Library Reserves (Search for Architecture.)
It's also important to look at materials that are in the Reference Collection and in books that are about broad topics in architecture (survey books). Your textbook is an example of a survey book. Here are some excellent examples of these kinds of books:
The library is part of a consortium of academic libraries known as I-Share. As COD students, you can request items from other libraries online by creating an I-Share account. For more information, visit our I-Share Information Web Page. Architecture students, you'll be able to get books from all the major Architecture collections in Illinois! Note: I-Share is temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 library closures.