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Reference sources, such as encyclopedias or dictionaries, are great starting points for familiarizing yourself with your research topic. They can also help you identify the relevant keywords or specialized terms used to describe your topic.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Oxford Art Online
Provides articles on architects, architectural firms, individual buildings, and architectural styles. Be sure to click the Images and Related Content tabs! This resource contains photographs, diagrams, and floor plans.
Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology
Provides detailed articles on materials and construction techniques.
Architectural Databases and Resources
BuildingGreen provides a broad range of resources on green design, including Environmental Building News from 1992 to present, the GreenSpec product directory, LEED ratings, and several hundred case studies from the High Performance Buildings database. Browsing by CSI classification is supported.