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Finding Reference Images

Use this research guide to find helpful reference images for your assignments.

Searching for Architecture Images

When searching for reference images of architecture, remember to think critically about what keywords you are using.

Some important things to consider when brainstorming what keywords to search for architecture and buildings are building materials, architectural styleshistorical periods, and building type (castle, temple, etc.). 

Library Databases


Here is select list of subject headings to try searching in the Goldstein Library Catalog. You'll want to try different search terms and strategies as your research develops.

  • Architecture
  • Architecture--History
  • Architecture--(region)
  • Architecture--(century)
  • Architecture--(building type)

Below is a small selection of books to gather reference images of architecture. Many books on architecture are related to specific geographical or cultural areas. Helpful sections to browse for additional titles on architecture are located in the NAs, NKs, and TAs