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Architecture: Architecture Resources Overview

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2018 1:47 PM

Key Library LInks

Catalog – to locate any item that is available in our libraries, including books, journals, newspapers, and audio/visual materials.

Everything – the tab is a great place to start searching through the library’s resources in one simple multidisciplinary search interface. The results will display books, articles, government documents, etc.

E-journals- is a database of electronic journals that are indexed in databases or found online. (Cannot search for articles, citation is needed)

Reserveor Course Reserve: a collection of books or articles (pdfs) set aside at the Circulation Desk by your professor.

Top Architecture Databases: listing of architecture research databases

Research Tips– an online guide designed to help you perform research at the University at Buffalo’s University Libraries, includes citation help. Center for Excellence in Writing - 209 Baldy Hall

My Account & Delivery+ – use for book renewal and interlibrary loan. Journal articles and book chapters are delivered electronically to your email and physical items are made available for pick-up at the UB library of your choice. (free of charge)

Best Starting Points:

Additional Resources:

Google Books
Well over 15,000,000 books and magazine issues may be searched in Google Books. The numbers grow daily as Google moves forward with its mission of scanning literally all the world's books and magazines. Even materials that are not readable full text are nonetheless searchable. Some texts (pre-1923) may be read in their entirety; while others may be read across a limited number of pages (20% of the book) in 'preview' mode and some are only viewable in snippet view. The latter is the least useful to researchers. 

Google Scholar

  • Click on "Settings" in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Click on "Library Links" on the left-hand side
  • On the next screen, type University at Buffalo into the "Library Links" box.
  • Scroll down and click on "Save"
  • Start searching.
  • When you link to a full-text article from off campus you will be presented with a log-in screen. Log in with your UBIT name and password.

Key Architecture Database for Finding Floor Plans:

Useful Reference Books:

Special Journals:

El Croquis is a Spanish architectural magazine that is kept behind the APL/HSL Circulation desk. To look up an architect use this index:, then go to the Circulation Desk for issue of the journal. The journal is also indexed in Avery.


  • ARTstor Digital Archive Collection: The ARTstor Digital Archive Collection contains nearly one million images and associated catalog data from notable art and architecture collections worldwide. The collection spans many times and cultures and encompasses architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: Use "Physical Description’ to limit to diagrams, portraits, plans, maps, etc…
  • see: Guide to Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals for help.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps- New York: The UB Libraries has a subscription to the digital edition (available to the UB community), providing electronic access to Sanborn fire insurance maps of cities and towns in New York State (1867-1970).
  • UB Building Floor Plans: RESTRICTED ACCESS
    UBIT name and password required to view the floor plans Access to the building floor plans is for use by authorized faculty or staff for university purposes only. Students can request access to the floor plans for work related duties ONLY. Requests for class projects where students require floor plan information are handled on a case by case basis.


  • AIA Buffalo/WNY Chapter: local American Institute of Architects chapter.
  • Archinect: an online architecture community, B/a+p's page within the blog. 
  • ArchINFORM: 20th century, international architecture about worldwide architects and buildings from past to present. Most entries include name, address, keywords, images and information about further literature.
  • Architezer: is the largest database for architecture and sourcing building products. Home of the A+Awards - the global awards program for today's best architects.
  • Buffalo Architecture Foundation: is a not-for-profit, public charity dedicated to inspiring the exploration and appreciation of architecture. Programs include: Architecture + Education, Building Stories, 6 Minute Building Stories, Pro Bono Mission, and Festival of Architecture – Buffalo (FAB)
  • Planetizen: A one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.
  • Rudy Bruner Digital Archive: A resource for architecture students and practitioners to study precedents in urban design. The Archive is an image database of urban design case studies projects from 1987 to the present that have been recognized as exemplars of excellence in urban design achieved through community collaboration. Each entry includes full project documentation, including an abstract, project data, bibliography, color images, and more.
  • Sweets Construction: offers comprehensive product information on CAD details, BIM objects, specs, catalogs, galleries, green product information, CEUs and more.


EndNote: citation management software, a tool for organizing citations from articles, books, web sites and other information resources.

Big Picture Diagram:

Annotated Bibliography: an annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

Literature Review: it is a product and a process.

As a product, it is a carefully written examination, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis of the publisher literature related to your topic. It focuses on what is known about your topic and what methodologies, models, theories, and concepts have been applied to it by others.

The process is what is involved in conducting a review of the literature.

  • It is ongoing
  • It is iterative (repetitive)
  • It involves searching for and finding relevant literature.
  • It includes keeping track of your references and preparing and formatting them for the bibliography of your thesis.


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Buffalo, NY 14214