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Key Resources for Historic Preservation

  • America: History & Life
    The definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present.
  • Art Full Text
    Provides indexing for over 450 leading art and architecture periodicals, 1984-present. Full-text HTML and PDF files available for select publications back to 1997.
  • Art Index Retrospective
    The “backfile” of Art Full Text, covering 1929-1984. Indexes articles and illustrations in over 560 art, architecture, design periodicals.
  • ARTstor
    A digital library of over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Indexes over 2,800 periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Coverage from 1930s-present (with selective coverage dating back to the 1860s).
  • BuildingGreen Suite
    Articles, reviews, and news from Environmental Building News (EBN) are integrated with product listings from the GreenSpec products directory and project case studies from the High-Performance Buildings Database.
  • Built in America
    Measured drawings, photographs, written histories, and supplemental materials from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS).
  • Engineering Village
    Comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database. Indexes journals, conference proceedings, and trade publications. Coverage is 1884 to present.
    Scholarly journal archive, going back to the first issue for many titles, covering Classical studies, area studies, anthropology, architecture, archaeology and art history.
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
    Search across millions of bibliographic records covering materials science, engineering and government-funded researchback to 1964.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Contains Grove Art Online (encyclopedia), Oxford Companion to Western Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Multidisciplinary Resources of Interest

  • American Periodicals Series
    Over 1,100 periodicals published between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.
  • Biography in Context
    Search for current or historic biographical info based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender.
  • Dissertations & Theses
    Includes 2.4 million dissertation and master's theses citations from around the world from 1861-present. Dissertation abstracts available from 1980; theses abstracts from 1988; and full text PDFs for most dissertations added since 1997.
  • Ebsco Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary, full text database for more than 4,500 journals, including peer-reviewed titles, some back to 1975.
  • Gale General OneFile
    A one-stop source for millions of multidisciplinary, full text news and periodical articles, many with images. Updated daily. Covers 1980-present.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text newspapers, magazines, newswires and transcripts from around the world.
  • Periodicals Index Online
    A general database of millions of article citations published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
    Full-page-images and article images for newspapers from their beginning including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Constitution and The Christian science Monitor.
  • Web of Knowledge
    Traces cited references (footnotes) and authorship from 1900-present.
  • WorldCat
    Worldwide union catalog of books and other materials in OCLC member libraries.

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