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Architectural History: Writing & Citing on Architecture

Guide by Karyn Hinkle

Writing About Architecture

For those new to architectural history (and for general inspiration for everyone) discipline-specific guides to architecture research and writing about architecture can be very useful. Here are a few, and places to find more:

A great way to learn to write about architecture, as illustrated in Alexandra Lange's book, is to model other architecture writers. To find books and collections of architectural criticism, browse the library catalog for subject headings such as Architectural Criticism, or browse the library shelves in sections 720.1 (Dewey classification numbers) or NA 2599 (Library of Congress classification numbers). Ask us to show you where to find them in the Architecture Reading Room.

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The Writing Place is Northwestern’s center for peer writing consultations.

Whether you are writing a paper for a class, composing application letters and essays, or working on some other writing project, a Writing Place consultant can help you at any stage of the writing process, from talking about ideas to developing a plan to revising and editing a draft.

Consultations are free and available to anyone in the Northwestern community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, or staff.

Citation Management

To help you keep track of the citations you find for articles, books, and images while you're researching, and to help you integrate the citations into your papers, footnotes, and bibliographies while you're writing, the library supports two citation management tools, EndNote and Zotero.

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