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A Guide to 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.  

Look here on the Libraries' eJournals' A-Z list for electronic architecture journals. Or go to the databases tab on this Subject Guide to see a list of databases (like Avery, JStor) to search for journal articles.

Finding Peer-Reviewed Journals

Journals in Print

Many of the most important architecture journals are only available in print.  This means that you will have to come to the Sexton Library to read or photocopy articles you are interested in, or complete a Novanet Express photocopy request.  

You can still use many of the journal databases to find citations for journal articles that are only available in print.  For example, to find full-text articles from the journal Abitare (not peer-reviewed), try the following steps:

  1. Open the Avery Index and go to the 'Advanced Search' screen.
  2. Type the journal title in the first search box and select Journal Name, JN=
  3. Enter your keywords (e.g. concert hall) in the second search box and select Keywords, KW=
  4. You should now have a list of journal articles about concert halls from the journal Abitare.
  5. Record the journal title, year, volume and/or issue number and page numbers and drop into the Sexton Library to get the article.

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 is more than halfway done digitizing the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Journal, from 1924-1973.