Topic Selection

Are you still looking for a building for your project? Come to the library and browse the architecture collection on the third floor for inspiration. Find the NA680 call number range and start browsing. You will find books such as Urban Design & Architecture: The 20th Century, Icons of American Architecture, Architecture in the United States, the Encyclopedia of American Architecture, and the Source Book of American Architecture.
Alternatively, try out 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 University Press)
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 (Oxford University Press)
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

Falvey Library Catalog
Find book-length biographies of architects with the help of the online catalog. Use WorldCat to identify biographies which are not available at Villanova University and request them via interlibrary loan.


Books are an important source of critical literature. Take advantage of the search options available in the library's catalog. Start with a keyword search and use the hyper-linked Library of Congress subjects to focus your search results. Alternatively, use available facets such as topic and language to narrow search results. Subject searches can significantly increase or decrease search results.

Falvey Library Catalog
Discover records of all print and e-books available at the Library. Books that are currently checked out can be requested through EZBorrow or interlibrary loan.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.

Includes books and journal articles. This is only a small subset of what is published on any topic, but everything is available in full text online.

EZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The EZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. EZBorrow 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 indexes and abstracts the content of art journals.
Click on findit to link to the online articles or use the Get a Scan button.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (ProQuest)
Indexes academic journals, book and exhibition reviews, interviews, and obituaries in the fields of architecture, city planning, interior design, historic preservation, and archaeology. Includes abstracts of journal articles. Published by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. Coverage goes back to 1934.

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.

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

News Sources

  New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

  Washington Post (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

  Lexis Nexis Academic  Limitations on Use

  Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (EBSCO)

  Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)



Artstor (ITHAKA)  Tutorial  Access Instructions
Image archive with high-resolution art images. ARTstor requires online registration in order to download images.

Wikimedia Commons
Offers public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips).

Features over 1 million freely available high-resolution photos.

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

Citing & Presenting Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide with examples. The Library's website offers a short introduction and overview to the Notes and Bibliography System commonly used in the humanities.