Watch this video before you begin research for the precedent study.
Please request articles using interlibrary loan and we will do our best to obtain articles for you.
When you search for books in the library catalog refine your search to eBooks to quickly identify books in digital format.
Library Books for Images & Plans
Print books are going to provide fabulous high resolution graphics:
Search the library catalog for project name with quotation marks (Example: "Exeter Library")
Limit results to books by choosing Source Type "Books" on the left. If you do not see "books" choose "show more."
Search the library catalog for architect or designer (Example: Louis Kahn)
Limit result to books by choosing Source Type "Books" on the left. If you do not see "books" choose "show more." Once you have the call number, go to the stacks and check the table of contents or index for your project name.
Search the library catalog for building type (Example: Library Architecture)
Limit result to books by choosing Source Type "Books" on the left. If you do not see "books" choose "show more."
Find high resolution art images and architectural plans from libraries, museums, and private collections. Register for an account to download images. Search by building name or browse by date or geography.
Find citations to high resolution print journal articles. To limit your your results to include plans follow these directions: Go to Advanced Search> Physical Description> drop down and choose "plans."
Provides access to more than 12 million journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines comprising area studies, arts, business and economics, history. humanities, law, medicine, science and mathematics, and social sciences.
Web Resources for Image & Plans
Tip: Search for your building name and plans (Example: Exeter Library and plans)
Tip: Go to the website for your precedent building and see if plans are available on the web (Example: Phillips Exeter Academy Library)
Be wary of finding other student projects or the incorrect building. Check your sources carefully when searching the web.
Try these recommended websites for locating images & plans on the web:
LIbrary of Congress online collection of series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the early 1900s depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.