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ARC 546/URB 546: Library research guide for Technology and the City: The architectural implications of networked urban landscape

ARC 403: Library research guide for Senior Thesis preparation


Architecture subsection of Princeton University Senior Thesis database: Browse past SoA theses, or expand your search to other departments and search by author, class year, advisor, or certificate program. 

Art & Architecture Archive: Archive of magazines comprising key research material in the fields of art & architecture, dating from the late-19th century to the 21st.

ARTstor: Digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Avery Index: Indexes journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation, from 1930s to the present.

Building Types Online: Compiled from several Birkhauser publications, including Detail magazine, the database includes roughly 5,000 high-quality drawings of modern architecture, organized by program type, with images available as downloadable PDFs.

Detail: Inspiration: With images and project descriptions derived from more than 30 years of Detail publications, Detail: Inspiration is a great place to browse and search for project precedents and typology studies in a scholarly environment. 

MaterialConnexion: Database with over 1500 records for current industrial manufacturing products, processes, and processed raw materials.

SimplyAnalytics: Online mapping tool for US demographic data. It enables the creation of maps that incorporate data such as population, age, race, income, employment, and education. All of the data can be downloaded and brought into GIS software.

Urban Studies Abstracts: Database of articles on urban history, community development, urban affairs, etc., from 1973 to the present.


CEE Students: Additional Recommended Resources 

Applied Science & Technology Source Ultimate: Science and technology articles from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere, dating from 1913 to the present.

Construction Resources guide: Includes books, articles, links, and information

Engineering Case Studies: Video and text material focusing on engineering failures and successes.

Senior Thesis database: Browse within departments and search by author, class year, advisor, or certificate program. 

CEE research guide

Architecture and Architects on Film 

Pidgeon Digital: Online version of the Pidgeon Audiovisual collection of recorded and illustrated talks by architects and related designers, with talks dating from 1955 to the present.

Art and Architecture in Video: A subsection of Academic Video Online, this resource contains a variety of video material including documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, demonstrations, and raw footage. 

Kanopy Streaming Video: Filter by The Arts > Architecture to access 340+ high-quality films on contemporary architecture and architects, grouped by topics and geographic regions. 

DVDs in physical format on the subjects of Architecture and Architects are also available. Numerous streaming videos from the above resources are also included in the library's main catalog, but refer to the databses directly for each full collection. 

Architecture Competition information

Bustler Competition info: List of current architectural competitions.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture list: List of current architectural competitions, with particular focus on student competitions.

ArchDaily competitions listings: List of current architectural competitions, including professional and student competitions.