ARCH 170A: Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism

Your Paper Topic

Choose a topic.

Use the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART in the Environmental Design Library to browse general architecture histories, urban histories, images and plans to find a topic that appeals to you.

Define and deconstruct your topic. Plan your search.

Use the ARCH 170 EXERCISE to develop your topic.

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What is unique about St. Paul's Cathedral in London?
  • List the main concepts.
    London; Church Architecture; Architecture, England
  • List key words, phrases and synonyms to search (include people, places, styles, buildings).
    building type = cathedral; church style/time period = 17th century; unique details = dome
    architect = Sir Christopher Wren; name of place = St. Paul's; location = London
  • Remember to include alternate spellings.
    Example: Vatican or Vaticano; Saint or S. or St. or Sainte or Ste.

Writing Research Papers about the Built Environment

Use these materials to evaluate resources, organize your research, and write your term paper. See the Citations tab to select a style manual and learn about citation management software.


A short guide to writing about art See Chapter 2 for writing about art and architecture and strategies for analysis. Read at Google Read at Google


Critical evaluation of resources A short guide on assessing printed and online resources for academic suitability.


Designing a research strategy An in-depth examination of the resources available for doing your research.


The Little, Brown handbook Environmental Design PE1112 .F64 2010 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations: Chicago style for students and researchers Environmental Design LB2369 T8 2007 Reference and circulating Read at Google Read at Google


The research paper: process, form, and content Environmental Design LB2369 R66 1999 Reference and circulating Read at Google Read at Google


Thinking and writing about art history Environmental Design N380 R438 2004 Read at Google Read at Google


Writing about art (Munsterberg) An online companion to the author's book by the same title.


Writing about art (Sayre) Environmental Design N7476 S29 2006 Reference Read at Google Read at Google

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