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Landscape Architecture 171 - The American Designed Landscape Since 1850 - Research Guide

Landscape Architecture 171 - The American Designed Landscape Since 1850 is a strategic and bibliographic research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources for UCB students taking LA 171. Here you'll find research techniques and sources for your site study. For additional assistance, please consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

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DECONSTRUCT your topic to uncover its complexities, to focus your research, and to increase your search vocabulary (for example, the more ways you have of describing and thinking about your site, the more likely you are to find a plan or section). Another term for deconstructing a research question is 'concept mapping;' see the Rhode Island School of Design Library's excellent slide show, Concept Mapping, for a visual tutorial.
tip Add to your 'deconstruction notes' as you learn more about your site.


Fill-In the Blanks Quick Facts | Bibliographies | Dictionaries | Landscape Architects | Histories & Surveys

FILL-IN THE BLANKS with basic facts. Search reference sources for an overview of your site. Note particular keywords, terms, authors, bibliographies, and footnotes. Learn specific project names, designers, locations, and dates designed and constructed. Add this information to your deconstruction notes.

Quick Facts
Bibliographies are lists of writings or citations on a particular subject, time period, or author. Look at book chapters, textbooks, and articles for additional bibliographies and footnotes.


Dictionaries For basic landscape architecture dictionaries see Landscape Architecture Reference Sources.


Landscape Architects See the bibliographic guide Biographical Information on Landscape Architects for a comprehensive listing of biographical resources


General Histories & Surveys provide an overview and the context of a topic, with dates, locations, special sites, and the names of architects or designers. They usually include bibliographies. Here is a sample of the landscape architecture histories and surveys in the Environmental Design Library.


Find Images & Plans

Also see landscape architecture histories and journal articles, as well as additional image databases.


Find Books

FIND BOOKS for an in-depth discussion of your site. Note that for many sites 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 site (refer to your deconstruction list for ideas). Example: a book on urban parks might include information about Golden Gate Park.

In the Library's catalogs use keywords or subject headings to search for title, subject, author, or corporate author.

Search for a time period:
Architecture, Postmodern
Landscape Architecture, 20th century

Search for a type of landscape or site:
Landscape gardening
Urban parks
Water in landscape architecture

Search for a location: city, state, or country:
Gardens--Southern States
Landscape Architecture--New York
Plazas--Washington (D.C.)

Search for a specific landscape architect or designer:
Gustafson, Kathryn
Kiley, Dan

Search for a specific project or site:
Biltmore Estate--North Carolina
Golden Gate Park--San Francisco, California
Search for firms or organizations using corporate authors such as:
Hargreaves Associates
American Society of Landscape Architects
Olmsted Brothers


Find Articles

FIND ARTICLES for current and retrospective information.Search article indexes to find journal articles, conference papers and other documents. There are many more than listed here. For information for off-campus access to The Library's databases see Connecting from Off Campus. Most databases are available to only to UCB or UC faculty and students.


Here is a selection of indexes that are especially helpful for landscape architecture research. When searching for your site, remember to use truncation or wildcards (* or ?) for variations of words (e.g., park*)



See Archival Collections & Primary Source Databases for additional archival sources. To locate materials in libraries and archives not listed in the library catalogs, use WorldCat - UC Only via OCLC/FirstSearch. Some of these materials will be available via the interlibrary borrowing service.


Campus Libraries

Here's a selection of UCB campus libraries with collections of interest to LA 171 students. Note that public libraries may also be helpful.