ARCH 170A: Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism

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About this Guide

This guide is for students in ARCHITECTURE 170A & 170B, An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism. Most print materials listed here will be placed on the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART in the Environmental Design Library prior to the deadline for the first draft of your paper. (Those items are available for everyone in the class and cannot be checked out.)

Getting Started

Follow these steps to organize your research.

  1. Go to the Paper Topic tab for tips on choosing a topic.
  2. Define and Deconstruct Your Topic (see the Paper Topic tab).
  3. Go to the Citations tab to choose a style manual for your footnotes and bibliography.
  4. See the Basic Resources tab to find initial information about your paper topic.
  5. Refine Your Topic: Using the information you have gathered, determine if your research topic should be narrower or broader. You may need to search Basic Resources again using your new, focused topics and keywords.
  6. See the Searching Tips tab to find books for an in-depth discussion of your topic.
  7. Go to the Articles tab for resources containing current and retrospective information. Use Periodical Indexes to identify articles within periodical and newspaper titles.

The Architecture 170 Bibliography Assignment Tutorial is a step-by-step guide for creating your initial bibliography and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.  At the end of the tutorial you should have an initial bibliography ready for submission.

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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.

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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Formatting Citations: Style Manuals



Citing Your Sources A brief online guide to the main citation styles and a brief discussion on what constitutes plagiarism.


MLA handbook for Writers of Research Papers Doe Reference Reference Hall LB2369 .G53 2009
Main Gardner Stacks LB2369 .G53 2009
Many earlier editions throughout UCB libraries. Read at Google Read at Google


MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue Online Writing Lab) Handy online guide produced by Purdue University.


The Chicago Manual of Style UCB Only Searchable, online version of the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition). Also many print editions throughout the UCB libraries.


Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More UCB Only Also many print editions throughout UCB libraries.


Columbia Guide to Online Style UCB Only Also many print editions throughout UCB libraries.

Citation Management Tools

These tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Each program has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than managing citations manually!

It's always good to double-check the formatting—sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Tutorials

About Basic Resources

Materials listed with a call number are shelved on the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART in the Environmental Design Library. These materials are for Library Use Only so that everyone in the class has access to them. There may be additional copies which circulate; check OskiCat to see if they are available.
Search the materials below for an overview of your topic. Note particular keywords, terms, authors, bibliographies, and footnotes. Learn specific building names, designers, location, and date built.
Bibliographies | Dictionaries | Encyclopedias and Atlases | Histories and Surveys | Images, Plans, and Illustrations

Encyclopedias and Atlases


The Ancient Near East : an encyclopedia for students Environmental Design DS57 A677 2000 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


The atlas of American architecture : 2000 years of architecture, city planning, landscape architecture and civil engineering Environmental Design NA705 .M35 2009 Reference & Circulating Read at Google Read at Google


Atlas of vernacular architecture of the world Environmental Design NA208 .V45 2007 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


The encyclopedia of ancient Egyptian architecture Environmental Design NA215 .A7513 2003 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of architectural and engineering feats Environmental Design NA200 L32 2001 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of 20th century architecture Environmental Design NA680 E495 2004 Reference Desk Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world Environmental Design NA208 E53 1997 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of world architecture Environmental Design NA200 S74 1979 Reference Desk


Grove art online (now included in Oxford art online) UCB only Electronic version of The 34 vol. Dictionary of art, Jane Turner, ed. NY: Grove, 1996. Excellent bibliographies and links to images and related sites.
Print ed.: Environmental Design N31 D5 1996 Reference, Index: v.34


MacMillan encyclopedia of architects Environmental Design NA40 M25 1982 Reference Desk Read at Google Read at Google


The Phaidon atlas of 21st century world architecture Environmental Design fNA687.P42 2008 Reference Read at Google Read at Google

Dictionaries

Dictionaries - for concepts, terminology, definitions, and to verify spelling. Specialized dictionaries give the history and illustrations of building elements.

The architecture handbook: a student guide to understanding buildings Environmental Design NA2540.M37 2007 Read at Google Read at Google


The classical language of architecture Environmental Design NA2540 S85 1980 Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionary of architectural and building technology Environmental Design NA31 C63 2004 Reference Desk Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionary of architecture & construction Environmental Design NA31 H32 2006 Reference Desk and online via eBrary Read at Google Read at Google


Illustrated dictionary of architecture Environmental Design NA31.B83 2002 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


The grammar of architecture Environmental Design NA31 G72 2002 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


Oxford reference online - art and architecture UCB only Search multiple online art and architecture dictionaries published by Oxford University Press.


A visual dictionary of architecture Environmental Design NA31 C44 1995 Reference Desk Read at Google Read at Google

General Histories and Surveys

General Histories and 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.

1000 monuments of genius Environmental Design NA203 .P43 2009 Read at Google Read at Google


Writing about art Art History/Classics N7467 M867 2009 Library Use Only. Online edition available at http://www.writingaboutart.org/. Includes a step-by-step guide to researching art historical topics. Read at Google Read at Google


A global history of architecture Environmental Design Reference Desk NA200 .C493 2011 Read at Google Read at Google


Modern architecture pop-up Environmental Design NA680 .R27 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Architecture pop-up book Environmental Design NA203 .R23 2004 Read at Google Read at Google


Renaissance art : pop-up book Environmental Design N6370 .F278 2010 Read at Google Read at Google


1000 years of world architecture : an illustrated guide Environmental Design NA202 P75 2006 Read at Google Read at Google


1001 buildings you must see before you die Environmental Design NA200 A15 2007 Reference and circulating Read at Google Read at Google


Architectura : elements of architectural style Environmental Design fNA200 .A695 2008 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


Architectural excellence : 500 iconic buildings Environmental Design NA201 .C37 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Architecture : a world history Environmental Design NA200 .A725 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Architecture as space: how to look at architecture Environmental Design NA2500 .Z452 1974 Read at Google Read at Google


Architecture : elements, materials, form Environmental Design NA2520 .P7513 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Architecture: form, space, & order Environmental Design NA2760 .C46 2007 Read at Google Read at Google


The architecture of space--the space of architecture : an introduction to European history of architecture Environmental Design NA2765 .M3713 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Building : 3000 years of design engineering and construction Environmental Design TA633 .A332 2007 Read at Google Read at Google


Buildings across time : an introduction to world architecture Environmental Design NA200 .M575 2009 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


Buildings that changed the world Environmental Design NA2550 .R45 1999 Reference and circulating Read at Google Read at Google


A global history of architecture Environmental Design NA200 .C493 2007 Reference and circulating Read at Google Read at Google


Great ages of world architecture A series containing many volumes, each on a different subject. Various call numbers.


A history of architecture Environmental Design NA200 S81 1906 Reference and noncirculating


A history of architecture: settings and rituals Environmental Design NA200 K65 1995 Reserve; Moffitt NA200 K65 1995 Read at Google Read at Google


A history of building types Environmental Design NA4170 P481 Reference and circulating; Art History NA4170 P48 Room 308G


How to read buildings: a crash course in architectural styles Environmental Design NA2550.C73 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Landscape design : a cultural and architectural history Environmental Design SB470.5 R64 2001 Read at Google Read at Google


Living architecture A series containing many volumes, each on a different subject. Various call numbers.


Masterpieces of traditional Indian architecture Environmental Design NA1502 .G78 2006 Read at Google Read at Google


The Random House book of how things were built Environmental Design NA2555 .B68 1992 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


Sir Banister Fletcher's a history of architecture Environmental Design NA200 F631 1996 Reference Desk. (1975 and 1987 editions circulate: NA 200 F631) Read at Google Read at Google


Spiro Kostof Lectures for Architecture 170B Twenty-six 80 minute lectures on streaming video given to his final Architecture 170B class in the Spring of 1991.


Uncommon structures, unconventional builders Environmental Design TH148 V26 2001 Read at Google Read at Google


Various dwellings described in a comparative manner Environmental Design NA7126.W8


World architecture Environmental Design NA202.A53 2007 Read at Google Read at Google


World architecture 1900-2000 : a critical mosaic Environmental Design NA680.W67 1999 Reference Read at Google Read at Google


World architecture : the masterworks Environmental Design NA200 .P79 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


A world history of architecture Environmental Design NA200 M575 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Understanding architecture : its elements, history, and meaning Environmental Design NA2500 .R68 2007 Read at Google Read at Google


Architectural wonders : a pop-up gallery of the world's most amazing marvels Environmental Design Reference NA202 .C58 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Amazing buildings Environmental Design Reference f NA2555 .W48 1993 Read at Google Read at Google


100 ideas that changed architecture Environmental Design NA200.W478 2011 Read at Google Read at Google


Thinking about architecture : an introduction to architectural theory Environmental Design NA2500 .D38 2011 Read at Google Read at Google


Urban design & the 20th century architecture Environmental Design Reference NA9095 .S72 2010 Read at Google Read at Google

Images, Plans, Illustrations, Picture Books

Tip: Also use architectural histories and journal articles.

Drawings of great buildings Environmental Design NA2706 U6 D72 1983 Reference and circulating Read at Google Read at Google


ArtStor UCB Only Digital library of more than 1 million images including architectural images.


Image sources for the built environment Environmental Design Library research guide.


Key buildings of the twentieth century : plans, sections, and elevations Includes plans, sections, elevations, photos of internationally known buildings.
Environmental Design NA2705 W44 2004 Reference Desk; CD on Reserve Read at Google Read at Google


Looking at architecture Photographs with annotations about buildings and gardens.
Environmental Design NA200 S57 1990 Read at Google Read at Google


NYPL Digital Gallery Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, and printed ephemera. Search by broad topic such as "Turkey architecture."


RIBApix The online image catalog of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Low resolution images available for free; higher quality images have a watermark but may be purchased for publication.


World architecture index: a guide to illustrations Indexes illustrations of 7,200+ architectural works in standard books on world architecture (UC Berkeley call numbers are annotated in the front of the book). Lists the type of illustration to be found: interior or exterior views, plans, sections, and elevations.
Environmental Design NA202 T4 1991 Reference Desk and Reference Read at Google Read at Google

Bibliographies

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.
"Architecture," In: Guide to the literature of art history. Identifies the best books for architecture by geographic area and time period.
1959-1977 publications: Chapter J, p.193-234, EnvDesign N380 A12 A671 1980 Reference
1978-1998 publications: Chapter J, p.235-301, EnvDesign N380 A12 M3 2005 Reference
Environmental Design Library Research Guides for research in the history of the built environment. Guides include both print and web materials.
American Architecture
Architecture Reference Sources
Finding Information on Buildings and Places
History of Architecture
History of City Planning
History of Landscape Architecture
San Francisco Bay Area Architects & Architecture
UC Berkeley Buildings & Campus
Vernacular Architecture

Finding Books

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 headings to search for title, subject, author, or corporate author.

Use truncation or wildcards (* or ?) for variations of words (e.g. vatican*).


by time period:
Architecture, Ancient
Architecture, Gothic
Architecture, Postmodern
Architecture, 20th century


by type of building or site:
Church architecture
Parks
Plazas
Tall buildings


by location by city, state, or country:
Architecture--Tokyo
Cliff dwellings--Southwest, New
Gardens-- France


by series and name of set:
Great ages of world architecture
Living architecture

Search for a specific architect or designer:
Borromini, Francesco
Burle Marx, Roberto
Morgan, Julia


by specific building or site:
Golden Gate Park--San Francisco, California
Machu Picchu site--Peru
Parthenon--Athens, Greece


by firms or organizations using corporate authors such as:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Society of Architectural Historians
Olmsted Brothers


by periodical (journal) titles:
Architectural history
Traditional dwellings and settlements review
Urban history

Recommended Article Indexes

UC-eLinks

Once you've searched an index to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the UC-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Additional Resources for Articles

British Architectural Library. London: RIBA Publications. Searches books and articles.
Online ed.: 1984--present; Print ed.: 1972--present; EnvDesign NA8 A73 Index

Electronic Resources by Subject (UCB) - select "Architecture" or related discipline.

Google Scholar - focuses exclusively on scholarly literature in all disciplines. Can be linked to Berkeley's collection through "preferences."

Selected Journals

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