Before beginning your research, gather what you already know about your project, site, or building. These facts also serve as keywords that you can search when looking for books, articles, and images. Here are some basic facts you may want to list for yourself before you get started:
The Avery Index is the fastest way to discover what articles have been published about a precedent. Avery allows you to search summaries of articles published in over 2,000 architecture journals at a time! For the best results, keep these tips in mind:
NOTE: Avery helps you discover what articles exist about your topic, but it usually doesn't include the full text as a PDF. To get your hands on the article, use the Find@UVa button. The Find@UVa button will try to find the article as a PDF in UVa's collections. If it can't, it will give you the option to search VIRGO to see if we have print issues of the journal you're looking for. Remember-- MANY architecture journals are not avaialble in PDF, but we have lots of issues of journals here in the library!
Note: Building Types Online is currently re-vamping its search. This article contains a taxonomy of the categories available for browsing, including various types of morphology, context, building types, heights, and more.
Some buildings, sites, and projects have entire books dedicated to them. Some will not. Start your book search by searching VIRGO for the name of your building. Remember, you may want to try a few variations of the name! If you don't find a book about your building, think broader... search for books about the architect or aandscape architect, or the architecture of the city in which your project is located.
You may also have success by using Google Books to search for your project or site. Google Books allows you to search the full-text of many books (mostly English-language). So, you'll be able to determine if your site is mentioned in a book, even if it isn't a big enough part of the content to make it into the title or abstract. Remember, Google Books limits the amount that you can preview because of copyright. Once you've discovered a book that includes your site, copy and paste the title back into VIRGO to track it down here at UVa.
Here are some places to find great images:
Remember, just like when you use a book or article, you need to cite your sources when you use an image! Remember to keep a note of the image's creator, title, date, where and when you found it, and any additional information you need to properly credit the source.