Interior Architecture & Design - 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 tab.

Follow the link to access the Digital Edition of the AJ (2015 to date) by registering for an account on the AJ website. You must use your UoP email address. Access is for 1 academic year. Once you have registered, select My AJ, then Digital Editions. For print editions, view the library catalogue or for alternative digital editions and to search the contents view the E-journals page.

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.

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

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

• 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.

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.

Topics include architecture, interior design and conservation.

Journal Archives

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

• 19th Century UK Periodicals not in Discovery 

A collection covering the growth of readership, including magazines for women, children and leisure interests.

• 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).

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.

• 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.

Specialist Sources

Includes resources you may use in practice.

The AJ Buildings Library showcases thousands of architectural projects and includes full project data, architectural photographs and drawings (plans, elevation, section). There is also a large number of working details. Drawings can be downloaded and printed out to their original scale. NB Vector pdfs and CAD files are not available for download and all copyrighted images are protected. 

Large international collection of contemporary buildings, comprising 5000 high quality architectural drawings 2000 photos and background information.

• 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

• Materia not in Discovery 

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

• 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.

• 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.

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.

• 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 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.

• 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.

Themed Archive Collections

Find primary sources including documents and images.

Explore 20 collections of documents, including minutes of meetings and conferences, press releases, fliers, brochures, press clippings, US government memoranda and reports, private correspondence, surveys and photos.

Black Thought and Culture contains over 1000 sources and authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement encompasses an international set of resources to enrich study in a wide range of disciplines from media studies to philosophy.

This resource covers the fascinating subject of feminism over the long nineteenth century (1776–1928). It contains an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including photographs and illustrations.

Access a range of primary and secondary sources covering London from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. As well as documents, you will find interactive maps, illustrations and photographs to really bring the streets to life.

A key source about daily life in the 20th century. You can look at topic collections (1938-65) on juvenile delinquency, holidays, leisure, industry etc., or view diary entries (1939-51) and day surveys. File reports (1937-1972) cover subjects such as propaganda, morale, popular culture, shopping, sex, fashion and much more.

Explore documents, fanzines, photos and newsreel footage to help understand these key decades when consumer culture and pop music took off and protest movements were big news.

An essential resource for the study of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries containing everything from full-text books, to posters and performance tickets.

Image Collections

Find more resources from the Visual Culture subject page.

The AJ Buildings Library showcases thousands of architectural projects and includes full project data, architectural photographs and drawings (plans, elevation, section). There is also a large number of working details. Drawings can be downloaded and printed out to their original scale. NB Vector pdfs and CAD files are not available for download and all copyrighted images are protected. 

• Archigram 

Online access to the work of this seminal group of architects.

• 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.

Large international collection of contemporary buildings, comprising 5000 high quality architectural drawings 2000 photos and background information.

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

Search and view the collections of this popular interior design museum.

• Hantsphere 

Use this online local heritage resource to search and explore digitised local studies collections from across Hampshire, including Southampton and Portsmouth.

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

Collections include images of textiles, wallpapers, books and magazines.

• 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.

Search millions of objects in the V&A collections.

Audio and 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.)

Sound recordings from all over the world, covering the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

Includes oral histories from notable architects.

• 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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