This guide is a starting place to for finding books, videos, articles and websites about Architecture topics.
Use the blue buttons on the right to start searching for different types of materials.
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.
Search for your course here: COD Library Reserves
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!