Academic research is is a multi-step process that doesn't always go in a straight line; you may find yourself returning to previous stages as you refine your topic. Steps include
We recommend you become familiar with the types of sources required for your research project:
Databases listed here are good general-purpose databases for architecture, art, and design research. See the subject guides for lists of recommended, discipline-specific databases, plus contact information for that subject librarian.
Use this encyclopedia for background research on a topic, to refine or narrow a research topic, and confirm terminology (that you'll also use in subject-specific databases).
LexisNexis Academic is a collection of hundreds of databases covering topics such as news, business, legal research, people, and company information. The default start search form uses the Easy Search method in the General search tab. Select Power Search for more advanced search options. Use the Sources link to choose from individual databases. All content is full text in HTML. News sources 1977-present; legal source 1789-present.
Use LexisNexis Academic to find recent news articles on architectural or art topics and to find people working in a design or professional area. Newspaper articles will be written for a popular audience, which will provide a general understanding of a research topic before you move on to scholarly articles.
Art & Architecture Complete provides articles from both popular sources like magazines and trade journals that will give a general overview of a topic, and from scholarly sources that will go into much more depth. Use this database for general research into any architecture or art topic.
Art Full Text indexes citations, abstracts, and full text from journals and other publications in art, architecture, design, and cinema. It also indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Some full text available as HTML and PDF. Allows limiting to peer reviewed sources. Citations 1929-1984, abstracts from 1994, full text from 1997.
Art Full Text is the comprehensive database to use for any architecture or art research. Use this database to find criticism or commentary on creative works, or to follow the works of an individual or movement.
Arts & Humanities Citation Citation Index indexes citations and abstracts of journal literature, books, and conference papers in the arts and humanities. It also includes citations that refer to or review books, works of art, music scores, and performances. You can search cited references. 1975-present (older data available in print).
Arts and Humanties Citation Index is a comprehensive arts database, covering hundreds of scholarly journals. Its features that analyze sets of citations is a vital step in advanced research.