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Architecture: Design Research

This guide covers how to identify relevant and reliable sources for research, how to navigate online and in-person resources at the University of Maryland, and how to cite sources within a research product.

Types of Journal Articles

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed

Journals provide reports of original research; in-depth analysis of issues related to the academic discipline. Articles are written by scholars or researchers in the field and use the most focused sources, get right to the interesting points, and yet have rich background as well. Articles undergo peer review before acceptance for publication to insure research reported is of high quality and validity. Articles are always documented by formal citation of sources.


Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

ARQ: Architecture Research Quarterly

Design Journal

Environment & Planning

Journal of Architecture

Journal of Architectural & Planning Research

Journal of Urban Design

Journal of Planning Literature


Town Planning Review

What does a Scholarly/Peer Reviewed article look like? 


Journals written for those in a profession. They provide industry news, trends & product information, and career news. Articles may be written by experts or paid writers, most are not peer-reviewed. They may contain some references and interviews but not formal citations, usually contain advertisements. Journals may be in a newspaper format.


The Architectural Review and American Builder's Journal


Architectural Record


Building Design & Construction



Interior Design


What does a Trade/Professional Journal look like? 

Popular Magazines and Websites

Magazines and websites are written for the general public, to sell products and to entertain or educate the reader. They provide news on current trends, events and popular culture. Articles are usually short, rarely cite any sources, contain many advertisements and written by staff writers  They are not peer reviewed.


Architectural Digest



House Beautiful


Old House Journal


What does a Popular Magazine or Newspaper Look like?


Encyclopedias provide general information about a subject. They are not the product of academic research, and therefore are not a scholarly source. 

Wikipedia, may, however, be a source for other sources. Check the Wikipedia page bibliography., usually located at the bottom of the page.



Encyclopedia Brittanica

What does an encyclopedia look like? 

Adapted from Georgia Tech Library's Architecture Guide