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Modern Architecture

Topic Selection

Are you still looking for a building for your project? Come to the library and browse the architecture section for inspiration. General architecture books are shelved on the third floor of Falvey. Start browsing around the NA680 call number. You will find books such as Contemporary World Architecture, Urban Design & Architecture: The 20th Century, Icons of American Architecture, and Architecture in the United States.

Don't forget the print reference collection on the second floor where you will find the Encyclopedia of American Architecture and the Source Book of American Architecture.

You can also start out with some simple keyword searches in the Gale Virtual Reference Center. Enter name of buildings, architects or architectural styles and movements.


American National Biography Online (Oxford)
Biographical resource on more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
50,000 signed biographies of individuals who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000.

American Architects and Buildings
Building histories, biographies of architects, elevation drawings, and more. The database can be searched by location, architect and building. Access to high resolution drawings and images is limited to subscribers and will not be available to Villanova students.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects
NA40.M25 1982
4 vols.
2nd floor, Learning Commons

Falvey Library Catalog
The online catalog will lead you to biographies in books. Use it to look up biographies cited in the biographical dictionaries listed above. Use WorldCat (see Books) to discover biographies which are not available at Villanova University and request them via interlibrary loan.


Falvey Library Catalog
Start with a simple keyword search and narrow results as necessary by utilizing the specified subjects in the online catalog. Use the links below as a jump-start if you are interested in one of the selected topics.
subject search: "mural painting" and Roman
subject search: "interior decoration" and Rome
subject search: "sculpture, Greek"
- Note that most of the books about Greek sculpture are shelved in the same area.
subject search: "architecture, ancient" and Egypt
subject search: "vase painting"
subject search: art and Hittites

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.

Journal Articles

Art Full Text (EBSCO)
Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from art journals.
Click on findit to link to the online articles or use the interlibrary loan (ILLIAD) link.

A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. Use the Advanced Search feature in order to limit to architecture and/or art journals.

TOCS-IN provides the tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies and Religion journals. Covers published works from 1992-present.
This database does not link to the library's journal holdings and the interlibrary loan software.

Perseus Digital Library
Covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world, including texts and images. Look for the Art and Archaeology Artifact Browser.

Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 (EBSCO)
Indexes articles from art and architecture periodicals published from 1929-1984.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (ProQuest)
The single most important bibliographical research tool for research in architecture, urban design, historic preservation and urban planning history.

News Sources

ProQuest Newsstand
Includes access to the full text of over 1,300 newspapers, news websites and blogs including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, plus other important U.S., international and minority interest papers.

Lexis Nexis Academic
Provides full-text access to a wide range of news (national, international, regional, business, legal, and foreign language), business (company financial news and information, accounting, auditing & tax information, industry and market news), and legal (law reviews, federal case law, state legal research) sources. It also features news transcripts, the U.S. Code, Constitution & Court rules, state and country profiles, medical abstracts, and reference & directory sources.
"LexisNexis online services and the materials contained therein are under copyright by LexisNexis. All rights reserved. No part of these Services may be used except for research purposes, and the Services may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the LexisNexis Academic Library Solutions. Materials retrieved from the Services may not be duplicated in hard copy or machine-readable form without the prior written authorization of LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions, except that limited reproduction of output is permitted solely for individual use by the Authorized User or internal distribution within the Subscribing Institution in accordance with the terms of this Agreement unless further limited or prohibited by the Copyright Act of 1976. Under no circumstances may the Materials or any portion thereof be used to create derivative products or services."

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (EBSCO)
Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994. Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film & television, gardening, health & medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news & current events, photography, popular & classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports & fitness, transportation, travel and much more.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines, including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature™. Subject coverage includes arts, business, computers, crafts, dance, drama, education, entertainment, fashion, film & television, food, gardening, health and medicine, home improvement, literature, news and current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, sports and fitness, technology, transportation, travel and more.

Provides an accessible and invaluable source of information of electronic archives to leading journals of opinion. Search the full text of over 740 years of archives including Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review and The New York Review of Books. An invaluable resource, providing in-depth analysis of topics such as the cold war, the Arab-Israeli conflict, American foreign policy, defense, the Supreme Court, affirmative action, welfare, crime, immigration, religion, education, art, literature, militarism, human rights violations, environmental destruction, classical music, and much more.

Historical New York Times: 1851-2011 (ProQuest)
Complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.

Washington Post Historical: 1877-1996 (ProQuest)
The historical Washington Post offers full-text searching of every available issue of the Washington Post and Washington Post/Times-Herald title variations, from 1877 -1996, with digital page and image reproductions. Historical coverage will expand annually, by one year. For more recent Washington Post articles, see Lexis Nexis Academic coverage (1977 - Present).


Image archive with high-resolution art images. ARTstor requires online registration in order to download images.

Perseus Digital Library
Covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world, including texts and images, and applies what has been learned from Classical Studies to other subjects within the humanities and beyond.

Falvey Library Catalog
Books often include images. Add the keyword "exhibition" to your search to find exhibition catalogs.

Schedule an Appointment with Jutta

jseibert Jutta Seibert
Team Leader - Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for Art History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.

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Last Modified: Thursday, August 20th, 2015