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A Guide to Library Resources for Studies in Architecture

Using the Sexton Reference Collection

The Sexton Library has many architecture books in the Reference Collection. These books cannot be borrowed, but they are an excellent starting place for built heritage research.  Typical items in the reference collection include:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries and thesauri
  • Major architectural publications
  • Large-format books

When you use reference books, remember to cite individual entries if possible and to use the indexes to search for your keywords.

Time Savers and Graphic Standards

Construction/Building Terminology



You can find encyclopedia entries, images, biographies, and concise histories using electronic reference sources.  Try checking the following resources.

E-Reference sources and reference sources in general are excellent places to start your research.  Use them to identify keywords and search terms.