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A Guide to Library Resources for Studies in Architecture

What are Journals?

A journal is a periodical publication that contains scholarly information in a subject area.  Scholarly or academic journals are collections of journal articles written by professors, researchers, or experts in a given field. 

Journals are one type of serial, which is any publication published in parts (usually in regular intervals).  Other types of serials are magazines and trade publications.  Articles that undergo a review process by other experts before publication are known as peer-reviewed.

Some important architecture journals are:

  • A + U: Architecture and Urbanism
  • The Journal of Architecture
  • Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • The Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

Journals are available in print in the Sexton Library (shelved alphabetically by their title -- no call numbers are used), or in electronic format through one of Dalhousie's research databases

Electronic Journals

The Dalhousie Libraries provide access to over 140 electronic architecture journals:


You can also go to the Databases for Journal Articles and More tab on this Subject Guide to see a list of databases (like Avery, JStor) to search for journal articles.

The Peer Review Process

Peer-reviewed journal articles go through a checking or verification process before they are published. Other experts in the same field of study as that of the article, examine the article's content to make sure it is valid and correct before the article is published. Articles that have gone through this validation process are known as peer-reviewed articles.

This is a visual image of the peer-review process:

Finding Peer-Reviewed Journals

Journal Citation Reports

Digitized RAIC Journal and Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada

Sexton Library has digitized the full run of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, and The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Journalfrom 1924-1973.​