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Image Sources for the Built Environment: Search for images by publication

The design and study of buildings, landscapes, and cities depends on visual information in the form of images such as photographs, drawings, diagrams, maps, and paintings.

Books

Books and Monographs may be published on the work of a specific architect or designer or may focus on particular types of projects (e.g. Barns, memorials, parks), or projects that share particular traits (e.g. Sustainable Buildings, [something landscapy or planning here), or projects in a particular location. Books usually contain photographs, drawings, plans and any other kinds of images.

Search for books in the library catalogs, using the architect, landscape architect, firm, building or place name, or subject term.

An extensive list of books which have been found to be useful in study here at CED is at the bottom of this page.

Journals and Magazines

Journals and Magazines publish articles illustrated by photographs and drawings of buildings and environments. Journals tend to be more up-to-date and may contain images of objects that have not yet had the chance to be published in book form.

Search for Journal articles in article databases.

After finding an article in an index that matches what you are looking for, you must find that issue of the journal in paper or digital form.

  • To find a paper copy of a journal, search for the Journal in the library catalogs to find the location of the journal.
  • To find an electronic copy of the journal, you can also search the library catalogs and follow a UC E-Links link if an online version of the journal is available. Some journals also publish back issues online; check the journal’s website.

Newspapers

Newspapers publish photographs and news about noteworthy projects.

Newspaper articles are indexed in databases much like Journals.

Search newspaper indexes and find that article in paper, microfilm, or digital form.

  • To find a paper or microfilm copy of a newspaper, search for the newspaper in the library catalogs to find the location of the material.
  • To find an electronic copy of the article, you can search the library catalogs and follow a UC E-Links link if an online version of the newspaper is available. Some newspapers also publish back issues online; check the newspaper’s website.

Image Database Collections

Image Databases are collections of images that span genres and subject areas.

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