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Research Guides

Architecture: Finding Books

Subject Guide for Architecture and Architectural History Students.

Search Tips for Finding Architecture Books

  • If you know what you want, go directly to the UW Libraries Catalog.
  • If you are new to a subjectuse WorldCat first to see all that is available. 
  • Tend to use the minimum number of words in your search. e.g., rather than "Le Corbusier Unite d'Habitation" use "Corbusier Unite"
  • Use the search interface's "advanced search" feature. The advanced search will provide you with many features to limit your search to precise parameters.
  • If you find a useful book, look at the record's subject headings listed for similar items.
  • If using World Cat, think about limiting the search to books or articles to strain out unwanted media.
  • Use World Cat's "cite/export" feature at the top of the record to automatically generate a citation.
  • For general searches, use place and proper names along with the word "architecture" or the building type for which you are looking. e.g., "houses North Carolina," "churches Kahn," "Hittite architecture."
  • Ask Alan Michelson for help getting started.

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