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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.

Finding Books

Use the catalog to search for books, e-books, maps, microfilm, newspaper and journal titles, video and sound materials, and UM theses/dissertations up until 2004 (after that, they are in DRUM).

For eBooks:

Once in the catalog, select eBook under the format tab in the ribbon on the left-hand side of the page. This will filter the results to show only eBooks. Additionally, about 40% of the library's collection is temporarily available through HathiTrust. A step-by-step guide on how to use HathiTrust can be found here

eBooks can also be found through the following databases:


For Print Books:

To find a book in the architecture library, locate your book in the catalog and select the title to see its full call number and location. STACKS are located on the second floor, FOLIO on the first floor. When you find your book on the shelf, take a minute to browse to its left and right to find similar sources. Take the book to the circulation desk and check it out, or use the self-check out machine.