Information Services

Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Some useful resources for Architecture are listed below.

Academic Video Online (Alexander St Press/ProQuest)

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Academic Video Online is a multidisciplinary collection of videos that touches on the curriculum needs of virtually every department. With over 67,000 titles available now and 400 new titles per month, this collection is unmatched in its breadth. Academic Video Online allows students and researchers alike to analyse unique and valuable content from over 500 producers and distributors around the world.



Art and Architecture Source

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Description: Art & Architecture Source covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. Providing over 600 full-text journals, more than 220 full-text books, and a collection of over 63,0000 images, it is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.


Art Full Text and Art Abstracts

Access information: Available on and off-campus from EBSCOhost.
Description: Indexes 223 leading domestic and international periodicals pertaining to the art world. Covers advertising art, antiques, archaeology, architecture, art, design, films, museology and photography.
Coverage: 1984 to present.
Note: This resource will be replaced by Art & Architecture Source from 26th May 2017.


Art and Architecture Archive

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Description. This archival collection of digitized searchable backfiles from first issue to the year 2005, of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the 20th-century, supports scholarship across the spectrum of disciplines in the arts, from fine and applied arts through to interior design, industrial design, and landscape gardening. The title list includes: Apollo, Architectural Review, Architects Journal, Art Monthly, British Journal of Photography, Country Life, Eye, Graphis, Ornament and more.
Coverage: 1895 - 2005

Arts and Humanities Full Text, Proquest

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Description: Full-text of the contents of hundreds of titles in Art, Archaeology, Architecture, Design, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.



Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: ARTstor is a digital library of images covering the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. The collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. If you wish to download images for your own scholarly use you will need to Register with ARTstor, once you have logged in with your University Login. By registering your email address and creating a password you will create a profile which will allow you to download images and save images to folders as part of "My ARTstor". Note: To register for an ARTstor account, you must be on-site at your institution, or logged in through your institution's proxy server.
Coverage: One million plus digital images.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

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Description: Indexes more than 325 current and 3,080 retrospective U.S. and foreign journals on archeology, architecture, city planning, conservation and restoration, interior design, museums and sustainable design. Produced by the Getty Information Institute and Columbia University.
Coverage: 1977 - present.  City planning from 1930s to present.  Updated weekly.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library

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Bloomsbury Architecture Library is a leading digital resource for the study of architecture, urbanism, and interior design. Its dynamic digital platform offers access to wide-ranging collections of text and image content, from architectural history to cutting-edge design guidance. The platform is comprised of multiple collections, including the newly updated ebook edition of Bannister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, 21st edition.


British Standards Online

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Description: Full-text of over 39,000 current, draft and historic British Standards, more than 16,000 of which are BSI adopted European and International Standards (ISO) including the full-text of all Eurocodes. As of June 2023, we subscribe to the Wiring Regulations Collection and the BSI Unadopted ISO (full collection). An email alert service is available to track any changes in selected current Standards.
Coverage: Updated daily.


Census Data Support Unit: Census Flow Data

Access information: Available on and off-campus from WICID (the Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data). Choose Login via UK Federation. Registration is required. Follow the registration link for details.
Description: Census flow data (also known as interaction data) relate to flows of people between places, both origins and destinations.
Coverage: Migration and commuting data from the 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011census data.
Additional Information

For more information and advice on online Census material is available from the Research Data Service.


Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL)

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Central and Eastern European Online Library: gives access to thousands of academic full-text e-journals and e-books in the Humanities and Social Sciences, from and about Central and Eastern Europe.  Our subscription gives you access to the following subject categories: fine arts, performing arts, music, architecture and photography. 


Construction Information Service

Note: Use the British Standards Online database for full-text access to British Standards and Eurocodes
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An access problem with some VPN IP addresses has been reported to the publisher 8/12/22

Access on and off campus.

Description: The Construction Information Service provides instant full-text access to current regulations, standards, technical advice and a vast array of related news and briefings. Key institutes and organisations that contribute to the service include: IStructE, CIRIA, CIOB, SCI, The Concrete Society, TRL, AJ, BSRIA, RIAI.
Additional information: British Standards Online for full text access to British Standards and Eurocodes

DETAIL Inspiration online design & architecture projects database

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This new image and reference database uses precise, relevant visual inspirations to support architects in their search for construction solutions. With more than 4000 projects from the last 34 years, DETAIL inspiration is a highly valuable source of research and inspiration for architects, giving access to reference photographs, sketches, technical product information, within a clearly structured search and selection system, with downloads available. 

Updated monthly. Over 150 projects added annually.

Note: Any material which you download from this resource may only be stored for the duration of the University Library’s subscription to this resource, thereafter it must be deleted. The permanent archiving of material is not permitted. For full terms and conditions associated with this resource please contact the appropriate Academic Support Librarian.


Digimap Collection

Access information: Access on and off campus. Users are required to register and agree the data licence. Follow instructions provided

Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that delivers maps and map data of Great Britain.  Maps can be viewed, annotated and printed and data can be downloaded for use in GIS or CAD software. Subscribed collections include:

For a complete description of each collection, please see the individual entries on the alphabetical databases pages.

Notes: Northern Ireland data will be removed on 31/7/20. Any Northern Ireland data stored must be deleted.


Global Plants

Access information: Access on and off campus. JSTOR are providing institutions with free access to the Global Plants database through June 30th, 2022.
Description: Global Plants is the world’s largest database of digitized plant specimens and a locus for international scientific research and collaboration.


Access information: Access on and off campus.

For off campus access please use the University VPN - Access to the University network via the VPN.

  An account is also required to view the content.  Users can access the site using their existing A&AePortal credentials
Description: Interaction of Color Complete Digital Edition from Yale A&AePortal: The Interaction of Color Complete Digital Edition website is packed with elegant and innovative features that help you understand the book’s fundamental concepts, study the plates, and experiment with their own designs. Your A&AePortal institutional access is the same for the Interaction of Color website. Users with A&AePortal accounts can use their same credentials to access the website. All users must have an account to use the Interaction of Color website.


Material ConneXion

Access information: Access on and off campus. Click "Member log in" to access the database and all its features.
Description: Material ConneXion is the world's largest resource of new materials. The Library houses over 7,000 advanced, sustainable and innovative materials representing eight categories: polymers, naturals, metals, glass, ceramics, carbon-based materials, cement-based materials, and processes. It features cutting-edge materials and applications, including the world's only collection of Cradle to Cradle sustainable materials.
  Material ConneXion researches materials for all design disciplines, including: aerospace design; architecture; art; automobile design; fashion design; graphic design; industrial design; interior design; landscape architecture; package design; product design and textiles.


Access Information: Access via username and password - please see Electronic resources: usernames page for details. Click "SIgn In" from various points on the site.
Description: The University has an agreement with Scottish Building Contracts Committee (SBCC) to allow matriculated students and staff free access to the SBCC contracts online service. SBCC provides contractual documentation you would need for your building and construction work in Scotland.
Additional information: Please note – we do have the right to free access to this resource so IGNORE stated costs and simply proceed to create a document by clicking the “Download Contract for Educational Use” link. If you have problems accessing this resource please contact your Academic Support Librarian or email


Access information: Access on and off-campus. Choose Shibboleth Log In or UK Federation.
Description: 1.5 million text records of historic monuments and of artefacts held in museums, galleries and archives, plus 500,000 related multimedia resources; video or sound clips, animations, graphics, plans, virtual reality objects and in particular, colour photographic images.
  Access to the text records and thumbnail images is freely available. Access to full resources is available under licence only, the terms of which restrict use of the material for no profit, no proliferation use in education.


Verisk Digimap

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Formerly known as Geomni.

Collection consists of:

  • UKMap a modern, highly detailed mapping database of Greater London. It offers users a flexible choice of integrated map features.
  • UKBuildings regularly updated to help you understand the age, structure, characteristics and use, of commercial, public and residential buildings across GB.
  • UKLand a national land information database providing a detailed breakdown of the use of land across the UK.

Maps can be viewed, annotated and printed, and data can be downloaded for use in GIS or CAD software.


Web of Science Core Collection

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  Russian Science Citation Index is not presently included in the Web of Science.

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Cited reference searching, Impact Factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.


Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (both 1900 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards).

Also: Book Citation Indexes in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1985 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Change "Search in:" to use: BIOSIS Citation Index (1926 onwards), Current Contents Connect (1998 onwards), Data Citation Index (1990 onwards), Derwent Innovations Index (1966 onwards), KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), Medline (1950 onwards), PrePrint Citation Index (1991 onwards), ProQuest Dissertatoins & Theses Citation Index (1637 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (2002 onwards), Zoological Record (1864 onwards).


Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports (JCR): 

Journal Impact Factors and other measures on JCR (pdf)


Yale A&AePortal

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The Yale A&AePortal is an authoritative eBook and image resource that features important works of scholarship in the fields of history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. With innovative functionality, including smart image searching, and extensive metadata, the site includes many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from some of the world’s finest academic and museum publishers


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