Monday, October 15, 2012

Resource of the week: Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

What is it?

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is a comprehensive index of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design and historic preservation. It offers access to more than 2,500 international journals, most of which are not indexed elsewhere, and more than 675,000 citations dating to the mid-18th century. It indexes the international scholarly and popular periodical literature as well as the publications of professional associations, US state and regional periodicals, and the major serial publications on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia.

Why use it?

Although the Avery Index can be searched via DISCOVER, which searches the majority of the Library’s print and e-resources, using the Index individually allows for more precise searching. For instance, you can specify just what you want your journal articles to contain. This can range from aerial images, elevations, models, photographs, plans and other ‘physical descriptions’. To retrieve the plans on-line, you will also need to limit your search to full text. It’s worth remembering though, that if you don’t limit to full text, you may also retrieve articles that we have in print but not electronically.

Results of a search for ‘Royal Liver Building AND Liverpool’ from an article showing a section through the Royal Liver Building, and a photograph taken soon after completion.

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