Shatford Library

Shatford Library


1. Library Catalog - Find Books and Media

The library catalog is a database of books, media and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Architecture, Domestic - Designs and plans
  • Architecture, Modern - 20th century
  • Architectural drawing

Related subjects (broader, narrower and see also)

  • Architecture - History
  • Structural engineering
  • Computer-aided design
  • Architectural photography
  • House construction

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select title browse from the drop down menu, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, first name, e.g. 'Moffett, Marian'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.  You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.  To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., drawing, drafting, design), or as a phrase (e.g.,Taj Mahal).

  • Example: ARCHITECTURE AND PASADENA (all of these, keyword anywhere)
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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as architecture. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library. Our reference titles are located on the second (main) floor of the library. 

Specialized Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture REF 720.3 C 2
  • Dictionary of Architecutre and Construction  REF 720.3 H 2
  • Global History of Architecture  REF 720.9 C 6
  • Seventy Wonders of the Modern World  REF 720.9 S 6
  • Encyclopedia of 20th-century Architecture  REF 724.6 E 2
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

The library subscribes to several databases which will have periodicals and reference information on architecture and related subject matter.  From the library home page select Browse Databases by Name |  by Subject (

  • Proquest  A database of periodical articles, to find magazine, journal, trade publication, and newspaper articles.   As with the catalog, search under a variety of terms (keywords, names, etc.) Use Proquest for access to Architect, Building Design, Contract, Journal of Urban Design, The Art Bulletin, Urban Design International, etc.
  • JSTOR  A database of full text journal articles. Use the advanced search option to limit search for architecture journals.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online  Web based version of Encyclopedia Britannica.  Includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the Britannica Book of the Year, and an Internet directory that includes more than 130,000 links to Web sites selected, rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors.
  • Oxford Art Online Reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990s.
  • ArtStorĀ  More than 300,000 digital images covering many time periods and cultures. Documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design.
  • To browse or search to see if the library has a subscription to a particular magazine newspaper, or journal title use the Periodical Title List. (
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site (  or see recommended websites below.

Great Buildings Collection
Coverage of architecture around the world and across time.  Documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects with photographic images and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more.
Architecture Week
Includes news and biographical articles; photographs relating to design, culture, the environment, etc.
Yahoo Directory
Websites arranged in categories such as architects, buildings and structures, history, magazines, countries and cultures, etc.
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last updated: 07/07/2011 by P. Johnson revision #5