Databases by Subject

Architecture

  • Contains indexing and abstracting dating from 1984 for more than 600 periodicals and 13,000 dissertations on the subjects of art, architecture, urban planning, and design.  Journals are primarily but not exclusively English-language.  The full-text articles are from over 300 journals dating from 1995.  It also indexes nearly 200,000 art reproductions that appear as illustrations for articles or advertisements.  When combined with Art Index Retrospective coverage extends to 1929.

    This resource is being supported through collaborative efforts between the KU Libraries and the State Library of Kansas.

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  • Art Index Retrospective provides citation indexing of fine art, decorative art, and commercial art journals, yearbooks and museum publications from 1929-1984. Uses English-language searching to cover periodicals published in English, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish. 

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  • Provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Available features include: searching, browsing, and organizing images, adding images, presenting images, and integrating with courseware. For detailed information about content and usage, see ARTstor Help and Tutorials. For professor account details, contact acqrs@ku.edu.

    You will need to register and create a personal account on the ARTStor site.

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  • Indexing and abstracts for journal articles on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. Indexing for 284 current journals and 3,075 retrospective journals. Coverage from the 1930s to the present with selective coverage dating back to the 1740s.

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  • BuildingGreen Suite offers articles, case studies and links to information on sustainable design issues, strategies, green building products, and current projects.

    Access to this resource requires you to login with your KU online ID and password.

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  • This very elaborate multi-tiered database has more than 20,000 Renaissance Documents (inventories, guide books, lives of artists, archival documents, etc.) related to more than 10,000 Antique Monuments (sculptures, architecture, vases, etc.) that are accompanied by 30,000 photographs or illustrations. The collection of images includes: drawings, sketchbooks, paintings, engravings, sculpture, medals, applied arts, etc. The database can be utilized for its collection of images, but more extensive information is provided in the database. Monuments, their preservation history, provenance history, and other relevant information are accompanied by bibliographic citations.

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  • An encyclopedia of art and architecture information and a good starting point for research.  Allows simultaneous searching of Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Content includes biographies, subject entries, bibliographies, images, and learning resources.  Articles are signed by recognized scholars.

    Please ignore the “Sign in” option below the “University of Kansas” on the left side of the database home page.

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  • Consists of: a) an index beginning in 1980 to over 300 architectural periodicals held in the RIBA Library; b) a catalog of the books and a/v materials acquired by the RIBA Library; c) a catalog of the RIBA Library Photographs Collection; d) a catalog of drawings and other materials acquired by the RIBA Library Drawings Collection since 1986, with brief entries for all earlier acquisitions; e) a catalog of the RIBA Library Manuscripts Collection; f) a biographical database of architects. The RIBA Library was established in 1834. 

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