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A Guide to Architecture Resources

Please use this guide as a starting point for all Architecture related resources.

Images for Architecture

Try the following resources when looking for architectural images.


Artstor is an image database with 2+ million images from museums and other cultural institutions, including the built environment, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Register for an account (upper right) to download images.



Google Images - Visual web search engine. 

TIPS: To find higher quality and more relevant images. See the list below for suggestions.

  • Tools > Size: Large or Medium
  • Domain filter: (or .edu, .gov)

                 “seagram building" 

  • Search within a website: 

                  crystal palace plan 

  • Quotes to keep terms together

                 “seagram building"    

  • Filter out Pinterest: -pinterest 

                 “seagram building" -pinterest 

  • Language
    • Find and search name of project in language of country where it was built (e.g., AEG  Turbine Factory = AEG Turbinenfabrik)
    • To find name, limit domain to that country, search part of name + architect: AEG behrens

The Avery Index is the primary article index database for architecture, urban design, city planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation and archaeology. Covers more than 1,000 periodicals published worldwide.

Use the Get It! button to request article scans (1-3 days) or locate the journal in the library.


Worldcat is a catalog of libraries worldwide. It is primarily used for finding books, which are one of the largest sources of image reproductions.

Request books (1-2 weeks) not owned by WU or chapter scans (1-3 days) via ILLiad