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Architecture: Journals

Accessing journals on architecture

Not all periodicals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and design are available in electronic format. Use this guide to learn how to find ejournal articles and place digitization requests on physical items.

We recommend starting with the Avery Index. For more information about using the Avery Index, click on the Journals tab in this guide and select the Avery page from the drop-down menu.

Researching other subjects?

Need to locate articles on topics other than architecture?

Scan the other research guides for the subject you are interested in. Each guide will have a list of databases that are important resources for that subject.

Searching databases

1. Search for the journal title in Omni, our catalogue. If the journal is available through the University of Waterloo Library, you can click on the full-text database link under "View Online."

Screenshot of Journal of Research in Architecture and Planning catalogue record showing it is available online through Gale Academic Online

2.  Although appearance and functionality will differ from database to database, look for an option to 'Search within publication', use the 'Advanced Search' option.

Screenshot of journal database record showing 'Search within publication' and 'Advanced Search' options

3. In the 'Advanced Search' you’ll be able to set your parameters to search within your specific 'Publication Title'. Pro tip: Put quotation marks around the full journal title to ensure the database searches it as a term.

Screenshot of database 'Advanced Search" option

Key databases for architecture

Use the databases below to find journal articles relating to Architecture.

Open Access

"Open access" (OA) describes scholarly  literature available online and free of charge for anyone to access. Open Access logo

Such literature may be freely copied distributed, and used with proper attribution. While OA is a newer form of scholarly publishing, many Open Access journals comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards.

Some browser extensions will try to find an Open Access version of paywalled articles by searching for an article's digital object identifier (DOI), try these:

Multidisciplinary databases

Not sure where to start? The databases below cover many disciplines including health, psychology, technology, business and more. 


Fine arts