Historic Building Conservation - Searching beyond the basics

This section lists resources for specific purposes.

Journal Databases

Find journal and magazine articles. These include up-to-date publications. To see if the library has a specific electronic journal or to browse by subject, take the Ejournals tab on the library homepage. Print journals can be searched from the Catalogue link.

Use this resource to search for journal articles, e-books and images.  All visual arts subjects are included.  Links to the full text are provided, where available.

• BCIN not in Discovery 

Discover what has been published on the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property.

The Royal Institute of British Architects Library catalogue can be used to find what journal articles and books have been published on your subject

The RIBA Library catalogue can be used to find what journal articles and books have been published on your subject.

Full text for more than 190 journals and records for numerous other journal titles going back as far as 1888. This database is available on the EBSCO platform allowing you to search this database alongside others within Discovery.

Search and access many journal articles from 1888 to the present.

• Geobase not in Discovery 

GeoBase is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. Updated weekly, GeoBase contains 1.8 million records with over 100,000 new records added annually. A guide to this resource can be found at: https://library.port.ac.uk/guides/docs/LG737.pdf

• Greenfile 

GreenFILE covers research information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. This is a multidisciplinary resource and topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. This resource is also available through the Discovery service.

GreenFILE covers research information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

• JSTOR 

An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects.

Collections of articles from a variety of humanities and social sciences. We have bought the collection which includes Literature and Film so this is excellent for Literature students.

Collections of articles from a variety of humanities and social sciences.

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.

Search authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. Topics include architecture, interior design and conservation.

Journal Archives

Find (mostly) non-current, full-text, journal and magazine articles.

• Art and Architecture Archive not in Discovery 

Includes archival full text access to magazines including Architects' Journal (1929 - 2005), Architectural Review (1896 - 2005), Art Monthly (1976 - 2005), British Journal of Photography (1860 - 2005) and Eye: International Review of Graphic Design (1990 - 2005).

Includes archival full text access to magazines including Architects' Journal  (1919 - 2005) and Architectural Review (1896 - 2005).

A comprehensive archive (1897 to 2005) of the weekly British culture and lifestyle magazine, Country Life, focusing on fine art and architecture, the great country houses, and rural living.

Specialist Sources

Includes resources you may use in design practice.

• Barbour not in Discovery 

Barbour is a health and safety information service providing information sourced from over 900 providers. Information within it includes legislation, technical guides and best practice along with director level briefings and employee training guides. The legislation diary identifies all known upcoming changes in legislation relating to different health and safety topics.

Barbour site information: Barbour search hints and tips and library guide

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• BCIS Online not in Discovery 

The Building Costs Information Service provides independent cost information to the construction industry

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• Construction Information Service not in Discovery 

A key source of up-to-date technical information for the architecture and construction industries.  Information includes building regulations, advice notes, British Standards, government reports as well as journal articles, e.g. from the Architects’ Journal and books such as the Metric Handbook. You can also link out to the AJ website and read digital editions of the Architects' Journal. Watch the video to find out how.

• Digimap 

Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that deliver maps and map data of Great Britain. We have access to Digimap, Historic Digimap, Geology Digimap, Aerial Digimap and Marine Digimap. A video guide is also available for this resource: https://www.youtube.com/user/EDINADigimap

Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that deliver maps and map data of Great Britain. We have access to Digimap, Historic Digimap and Geology Digimap. A video guide is also available for this resource: https://www.youtube.com/user/EDINADigimap

• Materia not in Discovery 

'Join Now' to access full details of this website of innovative materials.

The NHBC Standards give the technical requirements, performance standards and guidance for the design and construction of new homes acceptable to NHBC (National House Building Council).

• Product Selector Plus not in Discovery 

Access building product information online. This database provides access to resources such as catalogues and technical summaries.

Product and supplier information for building and civil engineering. Can also be searched via the Construction Information Service.

Current Newspapers

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980's.

Full text of regional and national UK and international newspapers from the 1980s onwards. Useful for reviews and public opinions.

Newspaper Archives

• British Library Newspapers not in Discovery 

Search and read a wide range of national and regional newspapers from 1741-1950.

Use with care as this tabloid is known for its strong views but it can help with some assignments and certain dissertation topics. Search for stories or use the browse feature to flick through the paper on particular days, including special editions published in connection with Queen Victoria, George V, Elizabeth II's coronation and Winston Churchill. Use Nexis UK if you want to go beyond 2004.

Search for stories in this popular tabloid or use the browse feature to flick through the paper on particular days. Use Nexis if you want to go beyond 2004.

• The Guardian and Observer Archives not in Discovery 

Access stories and photos from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

The world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper containing useful background for Victorian topics in particular.

The world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper.

• The Times: Digital Archive 1785-2013 not in Discovery 

Search over 200 years of articles. Articles are full facsimiles of what was published on the day and you can view the article in its original page location if you want.

Full articles including images from the Times Newspaper

• UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Access facsimile articles (including photos) from the Daily Express and Daily Mirror from the early 1900s onwards. Useful if you want the tabloid view on topical issues.

Full articles, including images, from the Daily Express (1900-) and the Daily Mirror (1903-).

Image Collections

• Artstor 

A database of more than 2 million images related to visual arts and culture. You can create, save and share groups of images and make presentations too.

Culture Grid provides access to UK arts, culture and heritage collections. You can also access European collections through Europeana. Results draw on image, audio and video artefacts.

Detail Inspiration is an image and reference database with more than 3000 projects from the last 30 years of DETAIL Magazine (UK and German editions and Detail Green). Each project is accompanied by DETAIL project documents, which can be downloaded as PDFs. This presentation explains a little more about the resource:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4yHnwNbx36jTmtpc0ZnbE9pR2M/view?usp=sharing

• Digimap 

Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that deliver maps and map data of Great Britain. We have access to Digimap, Historic Digimap, Geology Digimap, Aerial Digimap and Marine Digimap. A video guide is also available for this resource: https://www.youtube.com/user/EDINADigimap

A collection of British map data services, including Digimap - modern Ordnance Survey maps and map data, including the definitive OS MasterMap; Historic Digimap - 19th & 20th Century large/medium scale OS maps; Geology Digimap - maps and map data from the British Geological Survey.

Includes, photographs and drawings of England's archaeology, historic buildings and social history.

• RIBA Pix 

Online image collections from the RIBA and, therefore, focus on architecture and interior design.  Images are watermarked, but they are of good quality and can be used for educational purposes.

Video Collections

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

• Kanopy 

A unique collections of films including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on every topic imaginable. Content can be searched or browsed.

University Special Collections

• Rare Books Collection not in Discovery 

Your Subject Team

Greta Friggens

Faculty Librarian

Email: greta.friggens@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3456

Lizzie Wildgoose

Assistant Faculty Librarian

Email: lizzie.wildgoose@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3452

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