| Architecture Studies Library
Scenario One: Finding a popular article on a topic
Scenario Two: Searching for scholarly articles on a topic (AVERY)
What is a scholarly article? There are several characteristics that define a scholarly article. These are outlined in the UNLV Libraries Tutorial. The key to identifying scholarly articles from the information in the index is to see if the article has a bibliography (all articles with bibliographies are not necessarily scholarly, but if it does not have a bibliography the chances of it being scholarly are slim).
The index will say if there are "bibliographical references." When you get to the actual article, it may have a "bibliography" or footnotes, or "notes." The important thing is that the source of information and ideas is attributed to a specific person and publication.
For this topic, both because it is a specialized topic and because we
need a substantial amount of material, we will start with the most comprehensive
index in architecture, the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.
The easiest way to remember how to get to the Avery is to go to
the Architecture Studies Library home page [http://www.library.unlv.edu/arch] and choose Avery on the top right. (You can also click on "Journal Articles" towards
the top left of any ASL page, select subject of "Architecture" and then choose Avery. This is also a good way of getting
to the other indexes � both
specialized and general.) For this exercise, let�s go directly to the Avery
Step 2: Search the index (Avery Index) Connect to the Avery Index.
Decide what type of search to do, Quick Search or Advanced Search. Let's start with a quick search (the default tab at the top of the page). Type in Pugin. The first screen will tell you how many records you have found (e.g. "All publications Types 190" means you have gotten 190 records in response to your search for Pugin.) If your search results are poor, make sure to check your spelling.
In addition to the number of records to display per page in Avery,
after scrolling to the very bottom of the page, you can use a drop
down box to select one of 4 different record formats. The default
is the "short
Select the type of display (at the bottom of the page) for the article listing. The choices are:
An important option for locating scholarly articles is listed at the top, above the records you produced in your search: “Peer-reviewed journals.” Peer-reviewed means that the articles have been evaluated by others in the field and deemed worthy of publication. It is more likely that peer-reviewed journals are scholarly than it is that non-peer-reviewed journals are. Therefore, if you are looking for scholarly articles, it is expedient to look at peer-reviewed journals first. If you do not find enough relevant articles, you can always go back and search through all the results.
Note that in our example of a search for articles on Pugin, if we limit to peer-reviewed journals, 8 of the first 10 records indicates the article that has bibliographical references!
Other ways to limit include limiting by date and by language. To specify a date or range of years, or to select articles in English only, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the appropriate drop-down box. Language is selected in the drop-down box at very bottom right corner. Don’t forget that an article can have valuable plans and elevations and other images, and not be in English – so don’t be too hasty!
Limiting is a successful strategy only if there are a sufficient number of articles on a topic. If there are too few you will have to consider ways to expand rather than limit your search.
For this scenario, we are looking for scholarly articles. One easy way to identify scholarly articles is to look for a bibliography or bibliographical references
Click in the "Mark" box next to the record number to the
left of the record for any and all records that seem relevant and have
bibliographic references. Once we have gone through the records and
marked the ones we want, we can create a list of these articles by
clicking “Save, Print, Email.”
Click on “Save, Print, Email” (in the line above the results) to view all the ones you marked to save.
Avery provides several options in the “save, print, email” results box. Check “help & support” for information. The short format of the record is enough to find the article in print form in the library.
Note: In the “save, print, email” results box you can
also have your results formatted into the proper style for your bibliography!!
Several styles are available to choose from (ask your instructor which
one they prefer.)
If you print off the citations using the browser print button, don't forget to do >FILE >PRINT PREVIEW to save paying for unneeded pages.
If the full-text of the article is available online, the Get Text button will link you to that. [CAUTION: the text may be there, but articles may have text BUT NOT IMAGES online. You may still have to find the library’s print copy to get the images from the article.]
If full text is available, you may be given the option to view the article in either PDF or HTML. PDF will allow you to view the document as it is seen in the printed journal, which includes images. However HTML often contains only text, in which case if you need an image retrieving the printed copy or PDF version would be necessary.
The next two options link you to the library’s online catalog or list of print and online subscriptions. If the Libraries has the journal in print you will be taken to the record that shows the “holdings” – what years and volumes the library has. For example if you are looking for the March 1999 issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, you will see this record:
In the library catalog, when you are at the screen above, click on the
title of record 2 (based on both the title and the dates shown).�
Below is a partial screen showing what you will see:
There are several sections of the above record that relate to holdings:
For the purpose of this example, we are ignoring the fact that we can find the journal for 1999 online. Let’s say we are looking for the print copy [this will be the ONLY option for some titles, although not for this one, or we might need to find the print journal to locate images]The “Lib. has” section is sufficient to know that we have 1999. Write down the call number (NA1.A327), and the location (Arch Periodicals).
For the 1999 volume, go to the bound periodicals section of the Architecture
Studies Library (see the map, or ask
at the service desk), and look for the Journal of the Society of Architectural
Historians call number NA1.A327
-Find the volume of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians that has March 1999 in it. (There are many volumes of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians).
-Find the March issue in the 1999 volume.
-Find pages 26-41 in the March issue.