Architecture - Research independently

The resources listed here will help you to make a good start with your research.

Discovery Service

Search for a wide range of sources including e-books, articles, reports and images.

Search Discovery for resources relating to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Search across all subject areas.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Useful for getting a basic understanding of your topic.

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

A virtual reference resource relating to all aspects of the visual arts.  It includes links to images and other useful features such as history of art timelines.

The most trusted source about words in English, containing definitions, plus very detailed word histories.

E-book Collections

You can find ebooks on Discovery, but you can search the full text of the books by using the individual services. More services can be found on the Ebooks webpage.

An ebook collection covering fashion & textiles, design & illustration, photography, architecture & interiors and more. Explore key topics as well as search and browse books.

An ebook collection which you can search or browse by topic. Topics include place, period, style, peoples & culture. The collection includes Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture.

• 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.

If you are looking for books containing technical information this is a particularly useful resource.

Contains full text books in many subject areas.

The full text of thousands of books published in Britain from 1475 to 1900. This collection comprises Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), plus nineteenth century books from the British Library collection.

Your Subject Team

Greta Friggens

Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3456

Lizzie Wildgoose

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3452

Further Information