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Article Databases

Use article databases and related tools to look for articles. Article databases give citation information (i.e. author, title, journal name, date, etc.) about articles in periodicals, and may include an abstract or even the full-text of an article.

  • America: History & Life
    Find articles in American history periodicals.
  • Art & Architecture Source
    An excellent index to art journals and selected architecture journals. Includes some citations that the Avery Index misses, and features many full text articles.  Select <Choose Databases> and check
    <Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals> box for a more complete search.

  • Arts:Search
    Consists of three linked databases: ReView, which delivers digitized 19th and early 20th century art, architecture, and design journals; Design Abstracts Retrospective, a journal index; Arts+Architecture ProFiles, a biographical dictionary.

  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoirede la de l'art (RILA)
    European and American visual arts material published between 1975 and 2007.  Covers western art (including architecture and archeology)
    from late antiquity to the present. Includes articles, some books, conference proceedings and dissertations, and exhibition catalogs.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Database of citations and abstracts to journals articles, book reviews, and dissertations in the areas of history, anthropology, political science, religon, etc. for all countries except the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present.

  • 19th Century Masterfile
    ca. 1800 to early 1900s.
    Index to nineteenth and early twentieth century articles, books and government documents.

    Full-text is available for back issues of many scholarly journals including
    • Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
    • Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture
  • Proquest
    Find articles in magazines and newspapers in all subject areas. The full-text of many articles is available online. Most coverage is recent, but Historical Databases provide access to historical newspapers
    . The default search searches everything except the Historical Databases. These must be selected to be searched.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982
    Index to articles in popular magazines and journals

  • US Modernist Architecture Magazine Library
    A browsable open digital archive of major 20th-Century American architecture publications.

Research Collections

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Our subscription to the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH) provides full-text access to issues from 1945 to the current issue via JSTOR.  Includes access to multimedia content.


The Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, and Historic American Landscapes Survey have documented thousanded of historic sites with measured drawings, photographs, and written histories since 1933.

The Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives includes blueprints of measured drawings for selected HABS sites drawn by Carnegie Mellon students. Search "habs" in the record group field to identify these drawings.

Newspaper Articles

Search or browse available newspapers at Google News: All Newspapers. To search, enter search terms along with <Pittsburgh> or another city or the exact name of a newspaper in the search window. Pittsburgh newspapers are available from 1859-2007, more or less.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette can be searched at ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Recent issues of the Post-Gazette can also be searched at

Search US newspapers for a fee at For newspapers from additional times and places see: Newspapers.