Note that for many topics you will not find an entire book; instead, you may find a chapter or an essay in a book focussed on a general aspect of your precedent (refer to your Brain Dump worksheet for ideas). Example: a book on urban parks might include information about Golden Gate Park. Check also for other useful subheadings, such as Bibliographies, History, Handbooks, etc. Guidebooks to cities may also have sections on parks, recreations and public gardens, so check subject headings such as Berkeley, Calif.--Description and travel.
Consult the Basic Resources tab for general information. For in-depth information about your topic, search the Library's catalogs using the tips below and your notes on specific building names, designers, location, and date built.
Tips for Searching the Library Catalogs
In the Library's catalogs use keywords or subject headingsto search for title, subject, author, or corporate author.
Use truncation or wildcards (* or ?) for variations of words (e.g. vatican*).
by time period:
Landscape Architecture, 20th century
by type of landscape or site:
Landscape gardening Urban parks
Water in landscape architecture
by location by city, state, or country:
Landscape Architecture--New York
Search for a specific landscape architect or designer:
Burle Marx, Roberto
Gustafson, Kathryn Kiley, Dan
by specific project orsite:
Biltmore Estate--North Carolina
Golden Gate Park--San Francisco, California Taj Mahal--India
by firms or organizations using corporate authors such as:
American Society of Landscape Architects