Highlights found there which are particularly helpful for architectural topics include:
You can also use Google Scholar to find links to article or book citations in other texts, or related materials.
Once you have found a list of citations for articles on your topic in the databases, how do you get the articles themselves?
Periodicals are also called "serials," a synonym.
They are published on a predetermined schedule, such as once a week, four times a year, annually, etc. Each issue of a periodical is usually filled with multiple pieces of writing (the articles), written by multiple authors.
In general, magazines are more popular. They are written and marketed for a wide audience of anyone interested in the topic. Architectural Digest is a good example of a popular architecture magazine. Popular magazines can often be found at large newsstands or mainstream bookstores, and they might include advertisements for exhibitions, building firms, and consumer products in addition to their articles.
Journals are generally more scholarly, written for a narrower audience of academics and fellow scholars of the topic. JSAH, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, is a good example of a scholarly architectural history journal. Journals do not usually include many advertisements, and the articles include footnotes, bibliographies, and the other aspects of scholarly research.
This guide to the print periodicals held in the Architecture Reading Room was compiled by a former head of the library, Russ Clement. To browse the titles held in our collection with Russ Clement's descriptions, please open the PDF document below.