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Architecture Thesis Research

Guide to helpful research resources for your thesis research.

While databases are a great source for articles and materials for your research, always remember to cite your sources in the proper Turabian Style! The next page of this LibGuide discusses citations. 

Images, Pictures, Photographs, Diagrams, Maps, Illustrations.

Where do we find these items, and how do we cite them?

You can find images and illustrations in books, journals, databases and online. If you scan an illustration from a book or journal, note the title, author publisher, page number, caption and image creator, just like you would for quoted text. 
If you download an image from a database, note the name of the database, the web address, the caption, the image creator, and the date you accessed the information.

If you download an image from the Internet - Google Images, Flickr, blog - be sure to note the caption, the creator, the title of the webpage, the URL, and the date you accessed the image.

Do NOT use images from the Internet that have a watermark on them, or have a fee associated with them, unless you are willing to pay the fee.

Look for images that have a Creative Commons license that allows for reuse.


Whatever you call the illustrations you use in your papers and presentations, you need to cite them, just like you would cite a quote, or direct bit of text from a source. Turabian specifies that the various types of illustrations that you use be called Figures. They should be numbered consecutively within your paper or chapter from 1 to x, where x equals the final number of figures that you have. 

Example: Figure 1. Figure 2. Figure 3. Use the full word "Figure" and place a period after the numeral.

After the Figure number, include the caption of the illustration, and then the creator. Then add the source.

Example: Figure 1. The Pieta, by Michelangelo. (Photo taken by Cindy Frank, March 30 2015)

Example: Figure 2. Portrait of Ka'iulani (Victoria Cleghorn), c. 1893,by photographer Elmer Chickering. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Source: Laura R.Prieto, "A Delicate Subject," The Journal of the Guilded Age and Progressive Era, 12, No. 2 (April 2013) 215.


Several databases have copyright free images.

The University of Maryland subscribes to several databases that have images you can use in your research and papers:

Searching within Google:

When you are doing a general Google search, you can filter which websites you want information from. For example, when you type site: ___ at the beginning of your search phrase:

site:gov - yields search results from government, or ".gov," websites

site:org - yields search results from organization, or ".org," websites

site:edu - yields search results from universities and colleges, or ".edu" websites