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Architecture Thesis Research

Guide to helpful research resources for your thesis research.


Welcome to your online research guide for the Architecture Thesis Proseminar course. This guide has lots of information that will help you on your thesis journey, such as: useful databases, information on how to do image searching, citation information, and ways you can find help during your research process.

This home page also has information about submitting your thesis to DRUM and how to access UMD-subscribed databases and journals off-campus.

Please always feel free to contact Cindy Frank for subject specific questions. If I dont know the answer to your question, I know plenty of other librarians with the expertise that you need.

Cindy Frank:

Off-Campus Research Tip

Doing research off-campus? Try out the UMD Libraries reload button! Add the button to your browser's bookmark toolbar (see instructions below), and whenever you come across a journal you think you should be able to access, click the button to reload the page through the UMD Libraries proxy.

Reload @ UMCP

Drag the button to the bookmarks toolbar or right click and select the "Bookmark This Link" option.

Chrome or Safari:
Drag the button to the bookmarks toolbar. If the bookmarks toolbar isn't visible, press Ctrl + Shift + B (in Chrome).

Internet Explorer:
Right click the button and choose the "Add to favorites..." option. You may get a warning about adding unsafe links. While it's good practice to be wary, we believe this link is safe.

*Note: Reloading the page through the proxy still won't give you access if it's a resource we don't subscribe to. To verify access, look up the journal or database in the A to Z list.

Submitting to DRUM

The Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM), is important for TWO reasons. First, you can see other thesis documents and read them. You can see what has been done before. Mine the bibliographies of theses that are on related topics.

Second, you will have to submit your own document in an electronic format to the Graduate School so that it can be stored in DRUM. Visit this link for full details on how to submit. Because you're a graduate student, your thesis or dissertation will be automatically submitted to DRUM by the Graduate School. The Graduate School has requirements for the document, and those requirements are here. This means that it is being published, and other researchers will be able to find your document. You are contributing to the scholarly conversation of architecture, urban design, the environment, and related topics.

Don't hesitate to reach out to our Digital Scholarship Librarian, Terry Owen (, with questions about DRUM.