The Online Catalog
Accessible through the College of the Canyons Web site, the online catalog (called CCLIO) will indicate what we own and where it is located in the collection. To find resources on Architecture you may want to start by opening the online catalog and selecting the Subject search option. After you type in "Architecture” as a subject you will see a link to a listing of several titles as well as links to subject matter related to architecture, such as "Structural engineering" and "Building". You may want to proceed to the next few pages, where you will find links to numerous books on subdivisions of architecture such as "Architecture, Baroque" and "Architecture -- Greece." If you are looking for information on a particular architect you may want to perform a subject search and type it in like this:
Wright, Frank Lloyd
The online catalog will provide you with the following information: the call number of the material, the type of material (i.e. book, video recording, DVD, pamphlet), any special location for the item (reserve room, media reserves, reference, etc.) and will tell you whether or not the item is available.
Suggested print resource:
Dictionary of Art Reference N 31 .D5 1996 This multi-volume set contains numerous entries on all different genres and historical periods of art. Refer to the Index to determine which volume has information on your topic.
The World Wide Web
The Internet can be an incredible research tool, if you use it with care. When you are researching information on a topic like architecture, you will be confronted with a barrage of web sites that vary greatly in quality and objectivity. When using the numerous subject guides and search engines you have at your disposal, it is important to recognize the qualitative differences between them:
General subject guides such as those on portals like Yahoo tend to organize the information into a hierarchical structure, dividing the information into categories and subcategories. To find information on sociology select the "Arts" directory, then select the "Design Arts" subdirectory, then "Architecture". From here you may select more specific topics like "Architects" or "History." Remember that the web pages and sites that are featured on these guides run the range from commercial sites, personal web pages, and academic pages created by college professors. Yahoo’s index makes no distinction between them, and you need to closely examine the Web pages you retrieve to determine whether or not the creator of the page is an authority on the topic. However, if you want to do more detailed searching (for example, if you want to search only for web pages created by academic institution) you will need to utilize a real search engine like Google. Search engines utilize programs called robots or spiders to create huge indexes consisting of millions of web pages. On a search engine you have the capability to restrict your findings by domain name (.edu, .com, .gov), language, and exact date of creation. To specify that you only want to retrieve academic web pages, go to the Advanced Search option and type in .edu as the top-level domain name.
Suggested Web sites:
Voice of the Shuttle An evaluative, selective guide, Voice of the Shuttle is the creation of UCSB scholar Alan Liu. It features links to some of the best Humanities resources available on the Web.
GreatBuildings.com This is a searchable database that allows you to find images and brief descriptions of famous works of architecture in all historical periods.
In addition to using quality Internet resources, you may also want to take advantage of the more specialized information that may be found in the Library’s subscription databases
ProQuest Direct is a database consisting of citations, abstracts and in many cases full-text articles from over ten thousand publications, including magazines, journals and newspapers. It is available on all Web-accessible college computers and may be accessed from your home computer by acquiring a password from the library. You may save the articles by printing them out, downloading to diskette, or emailing them to your account. You may want to use the Social Science module of the database for the most focused searches. This will allow you to retrieve articles from publications in the areas of sociology, political science, and criminal justice. You may search for your topic by using the Basic search for more simple searching or the Advanced search, which allows you to combine different types of searches together.
How do you cite the information found in ProQuest and the other resources mentioned above? See the MLA research guide.
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