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Architecture & Urban Design

Welcome to the UCLA Library guide for researching architecture and urban design topics. This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools, resources, and strategies for finding information related to architecture & urban design

Encyclopedias and Reference Sources

Use these reference sources to obtain an overview of your topic, to identify key terms and monuments or names of important individuals and groups, to trace movements and technologies, to find seminal authors and works in the field, and/or to gather lists of recommended readings.

Selected Dictionaries

Architectural Style Guides

Historical Surveys

Period surveys in the series 'History of world architecture' (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) are recommended. Browse the NA200-NA680 section of the Arts Library's Reference Stacks to locate surveys of architecture by period. In addition, these general histories are also recommneded: