ARCH 170A: Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism
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About this Guide
This guide is for students in ARCHITECTURE 170A & 170B, An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism. Most print materials listed here will be placed on the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART in the Environmental Design Library prior to the deadline for the first draft of your paper. (Those items are available for everyone in the class and cannot be checked out.)
Follow these steps to organize your research.
- Go to the Paper Topic tab for tips on choosing a topic.
- Define and Deconstruct Your Topic (see the Paper Topic tab).
- Go to the Citations tab to choose a style manual for your footnotes and bibliography.
- See the Basic Resources tab to find initial information about your paper topic.
- Refine Your Topic: Using the information you have gathered, determine if your research topic should be narrower or broader. You may need to search Basic Resources again using your new, focused topics and keywords.
- See the Searching Tips tab to find books for an in-depth discussion of your topic.
- Go to the Articles tab for resources containing current and retrospective information. Use Periodical Indexes to identify articles within periodical and newspaper titles.
The Architecture 170 Bibliography Assignment Tutorial is a step-by-step guide for creating your initial bibliography and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. At the end of the tutorial you should have an initial bibliography ready for submission.
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Your Paper Topic
Choose a topic.
Use the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART in the Environmental Design Library to browse general architecture histories, urban histories, images and plans to find a topic that appeals to you.
Define and deconstruct your topic. Plan your search.
Use the ARCH 170 EXERCISE to develop your topic.
- Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
Example: What is unique about St. Paul's Cathedral in London?
- List the main concepts.
London; Church Architecture; Architecture, England
- List key words, phrases and synonyms to search (include people, places, styles, buildings).
building type = cathedral; church style/time period = 17th century; unique details = dome
architect = Sir Christopher Wren; name of place = St. Paul's; location = London
- Remember to include alternate spellings.
Example: Vatican or Vaticano; Saint or S. or St. or Sainte or Ste.
Writing Research Papers about the Built Environment
Use these materials to evaluate resources, organize your research, and write your term paper. See the Citations tab to select a style manual and learn about citation management software.
Formatting Citations: Style Manuals
Citing Your Sources
A brief online guide to the main citation styles and a brief discussion on what constitutes plagiarism.
The Chicago Manual of Style
UCB Only Searchable, online version of the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition). Also many print editions throughout the UCB libraries.
Citation Management Tools
These tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Each program has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than managing citations manually!
- Zotero - free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with MS-Word, and has a free web backup service.
- RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
- EndNote - may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Scholar's Workstation.
It's always good to double-check the formatting—sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
- Citation software tutorials - Includes online tutorials created by the UC Berkeley Library for using bibliographic management software.
- The Library sometimes offers drop-in classes on RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero.
About Basic Resources
Materials listed with a call number are shelved on the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART
in the Environmental Design Library
. These materials are for Library Use Only so that everyone in the class has access to them. There may be additional copies which circulate; check OskiCat
to see if they are available.
Search the materials below for an overview of your topic. Note particular keywords, terms, authors, bibliographies, and footnotes. Learn specific building names, designers, location, and date built.
Encyclopedias and Atlases
Grove art online (now included in Oxford art online)
UCB only Electronic version of The 34 vol. Dictionary of art, Jane Turner, ed. NY: Grove, 1996. Excellent bibliographies and links to images and related sites.
Print ed.: Environmental Design N31 D5 1996 Reference, Index: v.34
- for concepts, terminology, definitions, and to verify spelling. Specialized dictionaries give the history and illustrations of building elements.
General Histories and Surveys
General Histories and Surveys
provide an overview and the context of a topic, with dates, locations, special sites, and the names of architects or designers. They usually include bibliographies.
Writing about art
Art History/Classics N7467 M867 2009 Library Use Only. Online edition available at http://www.writingaboutart.org/. Includes a step-by-step guide to researching art historical topics.
Read at Google
Read at Google
A series containing many volumes, each on a different subject. Various call numbers.
Environmental Design Reference f NA2555 .W48 1993
Read at Google
Read at Google
Images, Plans, Illustrations, Picture Books
Also use architectural histories and journal articles.
UCB Only Digital library of more than 1 million images including architectural images.
Looking at architecture
Photographs with annotations about buildings and gardens.
Environmental Design NA200 S57 1990
Read at Google
Read at Google
NYPL Digital Gallery
Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, and printed ephemera. Search by broad topic such as "Turkey architecture."
The online image catalog of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Low resolution images available for free; higher quality images have a watermark but may be purchased for publication.
World architecture index: a guide to illustrations
Indexes illustrations of 7,200+ architectural works in standard books on world architecture (UC Berkeley call numbers are annotated in the front of the book). Lists the type of illustration to be found: interior or exterior views, plans, sections, and elevations.
Environmental Design NA202 T4 1991 Reference Desk and Reference
Read at Google
Read at Google
are lists of writings or citations on a particular subject, time period, or author. Look at book chapters, textbooks, and articles for additional bibliographies and footnotes.
"Architecture," In: Guide to the literature of art history. Identifies the best books for architecture by geographic area and time period. 1959-1977 publications: Chapter J, p.193-234, EnvDesign N380 A12 A671 1980 Reference 1978-1998 publications: Chapter J, p.235-301, EnvDesign N380 A12 M3 2005 Reference
Environmental Design Library Research Guides for research in the history of the built environment. Guides include both print and web materials.
Consult the Basic Resources
tab for general information. For in-depth information about your topic, search the Library's catalogs
using the tips below and your notes on specific building names, designers, location, and date built.
Tips for Searching the Library Catalogs
In the Library's catalogs use keywords or subject headings to search for title, subject, author, or corporate author.
Use truncation or wildcards (* or ?) for variations of words (e.g. vatican*).
by time period:
Architecture, 20th century
by type of building or site:
by location by city, state, or country:
Cliff dwellings--Southwest, New
by series and name of set:
Great ages of world architecture
Search for a specific architect or designer:
Burle Marx, Roberto
by specific building or site:
Golden Gate Park--San Francisco, California
Machu Picchu site--Peru
by firms or organizations using corporate authors such as:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Society of Architectural Historians
by periodical (journal) titles:
Traditional dwellings and settlements review
Recommended Article Indexes
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
The BEST starting point for finding articles on architecture and related fields. Indexes over 1,000 scholarly and professional journals covering archaeology, architecture, architectural design, environmental design, city planning, furniture and decoration, interior design, historic preservation, history of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. Most citations are from articles published since 1930 (with selective coverage dating back to the 1860s).
Art Source (formerly Art Full Text)
Indexes over 300 international publications, including journals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, film reviews, bibliographies, conference reports, review articles, interviews and exhibition listings, in a variety of languages. Covers the fields of archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, computer applications and graphics, crafts, film, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television, textiles, and video.
Art Index Retrospective
Indexes publications in the fields of archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, computer applications and graphics, crafts, film, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television, textiles, and video. Includes citations to art reproductions. Provides citations from Volumes 1-32 of the print counterpart, Art Index.
Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
Indexes over 2,500 articles, art-related books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs. Covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Subjects include painting, sculpture, drawings, prints; decorative and applied arts; architecture and industrial design; popular and folk art. Abstracts in English or French. Database Sources: Getty Research Institute (GRI) and Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (INIST-CNRS).
Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
Over 500,000 citations to journal articles, books, and conference proceedings worldwide on the countries, histories, and cultures of East, South, and Southeast Asia.
Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese; full-text is available for over 5300 journals.
America: History and Life
Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Indexes journal articles, essays, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology as well as ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and material culture. This database combines the resources of Anthropological Index and Anthropological Literature.
Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Articles covered were written from 1954 to thepresent
Periodicals Index Online (formerly PCI)
Indexes millions of articles published in over 4,700 periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. A sister database, Periodicals Archive Online, provides a full-text archive of some 475 journals published between 1802 and 1995.
Readers' Guide Retrospective
Covers more than 500 leading American magazines and journals from 1890 to 1982.
Once you've searched an index to find articles, you may need to use to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the UC-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.
Additional Resources for Articles
British Architectural Library. London: RIBA Publications. Searches books and articles.
Online ed.: 1984--present; Print ed.: 1972--present; EnvDesign NA8 A73 Index
Electronic Resources by Subject (UCB) - select "Architecture" or related discipline.
Google Scholar - focuses exclusively on scholarly literature in all disciplines. Can be linked to Berkeley's collection through "preferences."
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