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UNLV Libraries -> Architecture Studies Library -> Finding and Using Resources -> Modules and Lists: Reference books and web sites -> Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri

Modules and Lists: Reference books and websites : Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri (Most topics involved with History)

Reference Section Books

Dictionary of Architecture
Arch Ref NA31.F55 1976

Encyclopedia of Architecture: Design, Engineering & Construction.
(Contains some history & theory on design)
5 vols. Arch Ref NA31.E59 1988

Encyclopedia of World Art
17vols. Arch Ref N31 .E4833 

Grove Dictionary of Art [also online]
Arch Ref N31.D5 1996

 The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture
Arch Ref NA687 .P43 2004

Sir Banister Fletcher's a History of Architecture.
20th ed. Arch NA200.F63 1996

Visual Dictionary of Architecture / Francis D.K. Ching.
Arch Ref NA31 .C44 1995 (Japanese-English ed. NA31 .C44 1998 )

World Atlas of Architecture.
Arch Oversize NA200.W67 1984

Website Links

Art & Architecture Thesaurus Browser

Hierarchical vocabulary of about 120,000 terms. 9/06

Artlex: Dictionary of Visual Art
2800 terms. Longer articles on architecture, landscape, etc. 9/06

Classical Architecture Vocabulary, Perseus Encyclopedia

Dictionary of Islamic Architecture
Definitions with links to illustrations. 9/06

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Hierarchical structure of nearly 900,000 places. "The TGN provides vernacular and English names of places, variant names in other languages, and whenever possible, historical names. The record for a place may also contain geographical coordinates, dates, and notes." 9/06

GroveArt Online

Pevsner Glossary (Extremely thorough glossary of building types, material, etc.) (last accessed May 2007)

Timeline of World Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's timeline allows searching by period and by special topics. Architecture is highlighted for a few periods, such as Renaissance architecture. 9/06

Wikipedia on Architecture

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