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AH 201 - Understanding Architecture

Architectural History Research Term Paper Assignment AH 201 • Understanding Architecture •  - Professor Abramson


Follow the steps below to research your topic inputting, for example, the names of buildings, architects, places, and subjects related to your topic.

A. Books

1. Mugar online book catalogue

a. Search In: BU Libraries
b. Under a particular book’s full listing click on subject(s), and search further

2. Finding books not at BU

  1. Go to MIT’s Barton catalog and search your topic under “Books and more”; then either visit MIT’s Rotch Library to look at book (you cannot borrow), or order the book through BU's Interlibrary Loan system (

  2. On Mugar's website, also consult WorldCat Discovery ( and obtain desired books (and articles) through Interlibrary Loan.

B. Journal articles

1. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

a. through Mugar website find the online link to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
b. search your topic, focusing on peer-reviewed items
c. get the article(s) you want (look for long, recent articles in peer-reviewed journals) by either finding the journal through the Mugar website or ordering it through Interlibrary Loan (see above)

      C. Citations: Use Chicago Manual of Style "Notes and Bibliography" system

***** Start early *******
*** Consult the Mugar Reference Librarians for help, especially Ruth Thomas **** ***** Use the Educational Resource Center's Writing Assistance *******
***** Reread and revise ********

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