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  • Art and Architecture Archive
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    Art and Architecture Archive is a major research resource comprising the digitized backfiles of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the twentieth century. Each journal/magazine issue is scanned from cover to cover in high resolution color and has a fully searchable text.
  • Virtual Catalogue for Art History
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    This international catalogue allows searching of the online catalogs of more than 36 international art libraries, including both academic andmuseum libraries, from Germany to the UK to Australia to the US.Catalogs may be searched separately or all together. As of October 2010 there are over 12 million records, including a high percentage of records for articles in periodicals, conference papers, festschriften,exhibition catalogues, etc., and an increasing percentage of records for archival and photographic materials as well as for online resources. Thesite is hosted by the University Library of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
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    The Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

    This database is part of USC's subscription to the Web of Science.

    The AHCI is also available in print in the Doheny Reference Center.

  • Arts & Humanities Full Text
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    This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies. It is designed to complement the following indexes: ABM, Avery, BHA, BHI, DAAI, Index Islamicus, MLA, Philosopher's Index and RILM.
  • ARTstor
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    Provides access to over a million high quality images of art and photography, with descriptions and provenance. Also includes images in the fields of anthropology and architecture.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
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    he Avery Index is the only comprehensive American index to the literature of architecture and architectural design. It surveys more than 700 U.S. and foreign journals, 75% of which are not indexed in any other source. It covers not only the international scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also the publications of professional associations, U.S. state and regional periodicals, and major serial publications in the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Coverage of the literature goes back to the 1930s, with selected coverage going back to the 1860s. The Avery also includes the Burnham Index, which covers 214 serial publication from the 1830s to the mid-1960s.
  • Building Green
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    BuildingGreen provides reliable content on sustainable design strategies, green building materials, and case studies of high performance buildings. It is a resource used in the field by designers, architects, builders, facility managers, and other building industry professionals. It includes a searchable green building product database, as well as news articles and updates on sustainable design.
  • CAMIO: Catalog for Art Images Online
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    A premier resource of high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image and a description. Many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes. CAMIO art images span the following categories:
    • Photographs
    • Prints
    • Sculptures
    • Paintings
    • Decorative arts
    • Posters
    • Costumes
    • Utilitarian objects
    • Jewelry
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    CumInCAD (Cumulative Index of Computer-Aided Architectural Design) is a cumulative index of publications about computer aided architectural design. It includes bibliographic information about over 8,700 ** from journals and conferences such as ACADIA , CAADRIA , eCAADe , SiGraDi , CAAD future , DDSS and others. Content begins in 1998, with selective coverage dating back to as early as 1960. All papers include full abstracts. Full texts, in PDF, of some 6,000 papers are also available.Users need to create a free account (where you may save items as your favorites, etc) with your own login and password:
  • DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index
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    Covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century, surveying disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, metal smithing, graphic design, fashion and clothing, textiles, furniture, interior design, architecture, computer aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, product design, industrial design, garden design, and landscape architecture
  • Ernst Herzfeld Archive
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    Ernst Herzfeld (1879-1948) was an important scholar in the field of Iranian studies. This collection documents his archaeological activities in the Near East, including Persepolis, Samarra, and Aleppo. Content includes correspondence, field notebooks, object inventories, etc.From the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Europeana Virtual Library
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    World War I, Hildegard of Bingen, Art Nouveau, and the Euro are all covered in the multilingual Europeana archive. This prodigious site includes over 15 million digital items culled from about 1,500 institutions throughout Europe, including the National Archives of Finland, the Germanisches National Museum, the British Library, and the Slovak National Gallery. Content includes images, videos, and film clips both individually and in curated online exhibitions
  • Greensource
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    Produced by McGraw-Hill Construction, this free website (with ads) focuses on environmental and sustainable building news and projects around the world (but with a US emphasis). Includes fora on topics such as humanitarian design, LEED, and professional practice, as well as entries from the world's top green building and design blogs. It also allows searching in Sweets for green building products.
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
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    The definitive resource for scholarly literature on Western art, IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), and retains the editorial policies which made BHA one of the most trusted and frequently consulted sources in the field. The database includes records created by the Getty Research Institute in 2008-09, with new records created by ProQuest using the same thesaurus and authority files.
  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • Oxford Art Online
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    Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 vols.) with annual additions of new material and updates to the text, plus extensive image links and all the sophisticated search advantages possible with an online reference source.
  • Paul Revere Williams, American Architect
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    Paul R. Williams (1894–1980), the renowned African-American architect in Southern California, is the subject of this collaboration of individuals and organizations in which the American Institute of Architects Memphis and the University of Memphis are the core institutions. He was the first African American member of the AIA and the first to become a Fellow (FAIA).The site, which includes numerous images and a 1,500 item bibliography, accompanies a 2010 exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.
  • SAH Archipedia
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    Encyclopedia of the built world published by the Society of Architectural Historians and the U. of Virginia Press containing histories, photos, and maps for over 16,300 structures and places in 17 states. Search by people & firms, styles & periods, material, and building type. Based on the Buildings of the United States print volumes (available at the Architecture and Fine Arts Library).
  • SCI-Arc Media Archive
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    Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Online Media Archive of lectures recorded at the school since 1974. The archive includes over 600 videos spanning more than 1000 hours of footage.
  • Structurae: International Database and Gallery of Structures
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    A database of nearly 60,000 works of structural engineering, architecture or construction through time, history, and around the world. Documentation begins with the pyramids in Egypt and Roman construction, continues to Romanesque and Gothic churches and through to the Industrial Revolution all the way to today and beyond. It deals mostly with bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, stadiums, towers, etc.Includes numerous images, including multiple views of some structures; chronology of the individual work; technical information; bibliographies; and links to relevant web sites.Discreet ads appear on each page.
  • Sweet's Network
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    The online version of the printed Sweets Catalog File (In AFA Reference,Call No. TH455.S7864), this free website (with ads) allows searching by word or the MasterFormat 2004.Includes links to articles in Architectural Record.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • USC GeoPortal
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    The USC GeoPortal is a centralized repository of spatial data layers for use by USC faculty, staff, and students. The interface allows users to search, preview, map, and download geospatial data including including contours, land use, parcel data, and select census data for Los Angeles. For more details including complete data holdings, see the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.