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Architecture: Find Articles

Core Online Resources

These are likely to be the best online sources in which to start your architecture research.

Related Resources

While not specifically architecture resources, depending on your topic, these could be excellent sources.

Multidisciplinary Resources

Scholarly, Professional, Popular?

The first thing you should do when you have a research assignment is figure out what types of article sources are required or allowed. Some professors require you to use only scholarly peer-reviewed journals while others might let you use professional journals (also known as trade journals.

Scholarly article - written by an expert in the field and reviewed by peers who are experts in the same area. In many databases, you can limit your search to scholarly, peer-reviewed or refereed journals to weed out any non-scholarly content.

Professional/trade article - Trade or professional journals can have articles written by experts in the field or by staff writers. The articles are only reviewed by editors for style, so they go through a less rigorous review process. The articles often do not contain reference lists.

Popular journals - Written for a general audience rather than for professionals or scholars. Examples include The New Yorker, People, and Rolling Stone.

Find it @ PSU

If the article citation does not include links to the full text, click on the Find it @ PSU button to check availability. Find it @ PSU is the link to the full text article or the call number and location for the print article.

If the PSU Library does not hold the article online or in print, order it through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.

Find it @ PSU

Journal Title Search

Find a Specific Article

If you have the citation for a specific article, here is how you can figure out if PSU has the article and (if we do) get to it in full-text:

  1. In the Journal Title Search box above this, do a search for the title of the journal (not the article title).
  2. You'll then be taken into the catalog which will either display your title or will display a page that says Your entry ___ would be here. If you get that message, make sure you spelled the title correctly. If you did, then we probably don't have that journal in our collection and you will need to request the article through interlibrary loan.
  3. If we do have the journal, it will show up as either a print volume, an electronic volume (which will say [electronic resource] after the title) or both. You'll need to click on the linked title to see what our coverage is in each format.
    • If the journal is in print, it will show you the call number and location under Location and will show what years the library has under Library has.
    • If the journal is available online, it will show you what database or databases hold the journal and what years are available electronically. You can then click on the title of the database to get to the online journal and then browse by date or search by title (depending on the database) for your article.

Request Books through ILL

If a book you need is not available either through PSU or Summit, you can request it  through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery (ILL). It can take up to 12 days to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan.

The PSU Library does not order textbooks or eBooks through Interlibrary Loan.