Print Books

Electronic Journals (as of March 2018)

Electronic Books



Architecture and Art: History, Theory and Criticism

Architecture and Art Databases

Avery Index (Primary index for architecture journals; via Proquest)
SAHARA: Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive
Mapua Libraries Virtual Reference Collection
Bibliography of the History of Art
ARTstor Digital Library (includes SAHARA Archive)
Art Index Retrospective (via Ebsco)
Art Bibliographies Modern (via Proquest)
Artforum Index
Oxford Art Online (includes Grove Art Online)

Interdisciplinary Resources

Arts & Humanities Citation Index [Web of Knowledge]
Mapua Libraries Virtual Reference Collection
Oxford Reference Online (Over 100 reference sources in a single cross-searchable interface plus key titles from the acclaimed Oxford Companion series)

Web Resources

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Art & Architecture Thesaurus as Linked Open Data (The Getty released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® as Linked Open Data. The data set is available for download at under an Open Data Commons Attribution License ODC BY 1.0)
Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens + Landscapes
Europeana (A single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. It is an authoritative source of information coming from European cultural and scientific institutions)
The Getty Research Institute
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS)
Save Outdoor Sculpture! Project
Mapua Campus Architecture

Architectural Design: General Resources

Architecture Databases

Image Resources

ARTstor (A subscription based digital library of over one million images related to art, architecture, the humanities and social sciences)
Copyright & Fair Use: Using Images

Public Collections on the Internet

Archnet (International online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, conservationists and scholars with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilizations)
Arounder Virtual Tours of Cities (360-degree panoramic views of cities and monuments around the world)
Built in America (The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) from the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, and part of American Memory)
Cartography Associates Visual Collections (Over 300,000 images of maps, fine arts, architecture and photography from renowned private and public collections)
Catena (Searchable collection of historic and contemporary images of landscape design centred on the Italian villa)
Flickr Commons (Cultural heritage institutions share photographs from their collections)
Library of Congress American Memory (More than 7 million sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience drawn from more than 100 collections)
Mass Department of Environmental Protection Image Collections (Images of the Mass EPA sites, facilities, and federal stimulus funded projects)
New York Public Library Gallery (650,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities--illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, fashion plates, and other printed ephemera)
The City Project (Flickr) (Flickr photostream for Los Angeles based City Project)
Urban Fragments Group Pool (Flickr) (A group for photos of architectural details and ephemera: bits of carving and molding, doors and windows, peeling paint, rusty metal, old brickwork, decaying wood, grafitti, signs, murals, urban art, billboards.)

Video Resources on the Web

Google Video Search (Google video searches collections like Vimeo, YouTube, and BlipTV, but also indexes video from organizations, conferences, etc.)
Try the Google Video Advanced Search.
Bing Video Search
Yahoo Video Search (Searches the web for relevant video, including major video collections like Vimeo and YouTube)
Art & Architecture Media in iTunesU (This link will launch your iTunes application and take you to the Art & Architecture collections, which can be searched in iTunes. Includes audio and enhanced podcasts.)

Print Reference Sources

Time-Savers and Graphic Standards (The Time-Saver series is a standard reference source for architects and designers. Besides the items listed below, subjects covered by this series range from building materials to site planning and landscape architecture. Search TLC for a complete listing)

Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design: Technical Data for Professional Practice - Donald Watson and Michael J. Crosbie
Since its release in 1946, this has been one of the most widely recognized resources for architects, engineers, and designers, bringing together the knowledge, techniques, and skills of some of the most well-known experts in the field.
Time-Saver Standards for Building Types
Architectural Graphic Standards - AIA

Construction Terminology

Dictionary of Architecture and Construction by Cyril Harris (Very good, combining historical and technical information)

There are many construction-related dictionaries and encyclopedias. The Mapua Libraries also have a number of bilingual dictionaries and thesauri that may useful for translation. Search TLC for listings and location information.

Illustrated Glossary of Architecture: 850-1830 by John Harris and Jill Lever (Good for when you know what something looks like, but not its name. Primarily for historical applications)
Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Broto; by Ambrose (Clearly laid out and illustrated)

Codes and Construction

Cost Estimating (Cost data and indexes can also be found in printed form in Architecture Library. Do a TITLE KEYWORDsearch for "Means" and "cost data" or "estimating." Some examples are:

Construction quantity surveying : a practical guide for the contractor's QS 
Building construction cost data

R.S. Means Company (Cost estimating information, with ads for the company's products. Includes hints for estimating, types of estimates, estimating software demos, and quarterly updates for city cost indexes for material and labor. Registration (free) required)
American Society of Professional Estimators (Includes links to OSHA homepage, ADA resources, and the journal The Estimator)

Construction Resources

Construction Information Sources (Comprehensive guide to web information on construction, architecture, and civil engineering, featuring practice but including academic sites)
Institute for Research in Construction (Mainly Canadian, including substantive articles and references to U.S. industry; good links)
Construction Web Links (Links to all U.S. schools of architecture and engineering and many links to A/E organizations and their publications)
Cyburbia (Primarily a planning site, but may be useful for information about zoning and energy codes)

Construction Techniques and Materials

AEC InfoCenter (Largely product information for architects, engineers, and the construction industry, arranged by CSI Master format divisions)
U.S. Green Building Council

Building Codes

Reed Construction Data (Provides state-level breakdowns of the applicable codes and links to state agency sites.)
National Building Code of the Philippines (NBC); PD 1096; IRR (via Philippine Architecture College Notes site)


ADA and Disability Info (Excellent compendium of information about the ADA and related accessibility topics.)


Britannica Online
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Art and Architecture Complete (via Ebsco)
McGraw Hill Access Engineering

Open Access

HathiTrust Digital Library
Elsevier Open Access
Open Access Journals Search Engine
Philippine Journals Online
Scientific Journals International
Directory of Open Access Journals

Keeping up with research

Intro: What is RSS

RSS, email, & table of contents alerts
Find new journal articles about your research topic!
There are a number of services via email and RSS for accessing tables of contents of new journal issues and research alerts (results of literature searches you construct run periodically).
This site will provide links to these services, as well as an explanation of what RSS is and how it works.

What are RSS and email alerts?
Why should I use RSS feeds and email alerts?
RSS feeds and email alerts can help you find out about new literature in your field, such as:

  • table of contents from new issues of your favorite journal
  • new articles on your specific research topic
  • new books in your field in the Mapua Libraries
  • new patents in specific technology areas of interest to you
  • news in science, technology, business, health, etc. from Google, New York Times, BBC, etc.

RSS feeds publish frequently updated web content in a standardized XML format which can be subscribed to using a variety of programs called feed readers or aggregators.
A comparison of RSS feeds and email alerts is below.

RSS feeds vs. email alerts


RSS Feeds

Email Alerts

Need to log-in or register with content provider?

Subscribing to feeds is (usually) anonymous.

You must set up an account for each, so there are multiple logins to deal with and some lack of privacy.

Is it segregated or integrated with your other content?

Segregates your news so it doesn't get buried as you deal with more urgent emails.

Integrates your news with your email so there is only one interface to check.


How easy is it to manage?

Items are automatically deleted or marked as read; much easier to manage if you fall behind in your reading. You can choose to save items for later.

Every news item that comes in has to be manually deleted, filed, or filtered in some way.

What's the interface like?

Different readers allow different layouts and usually have customizable preferences.

Similar to RSS feeds.

How available is it?

Common for table of contents alerts, but only some databases have RSS feeds for saved searches.


Choose an RSS Reader
How do I get an RSS reader/aggregator?
Many web-based RSS readers/aggregators are available (free or paid) as well as client-based software and mobile apps (freeware and commercial). Many readers will sync your feeds and favorites across computers and mobile devices.
Popular readers:

Put RSS feeds right into your browser

  • Firefox: live bookmarks are part of your regular bookmarks
  • Internet Explorer: feeds are incorporated into your favorites

Find RSS feeds

  • Look for an orange button on a web site that looks something like this: feeds
  • In Firefox, when a feed is available a button should appear next to the URL in the location bar.
  • Search Google - ex: search "nature RSS"
  • Many readers offer a feature to help you discover feeds relevant to your interests.

Get feeds via email
There are numerous services available that will convert RSS feeds to email, here are a few to get you started:

Be sure to check the terms of service and privacy policies of any web service!

Get email via feeds
It's a little trickier to get email as RSS feeds. Try searching Google for "convert email to rss" to browse some options.

Mapua Libraries RSS feeds

New books by subject
including maps, music CDs, DVDs, & more

News blog feeds

All news & events: classes, author readings, new resources, & more - RSS

  • Events - RSS
  • Author readings - RSS
  • Classes - RSS
  • Exhibits - RSS
  • Student blogger - RSS
  • Grants & gifts - RSS
  • Mobile web - RSS
  • Podcasts - RSS
  • Videos - RSS
  • Subject & topic areas:
    • Archives & Mapua History - RSS
    • Art, Architecture, & Planning - RSS
    • Bioinformatics - RSS
    • Business & Management - RSS
    • Digital Libraries Research - RSS
    • DTheses - RSS
    • Energy & Environment - RSS
    • Engineering - RSS
    • GIS - RSS
    • Humanities - RSS
    • Preservation & Conservation - RSS
    • Scholarly Communication - RSS
    • Science - RSS
    • Social Science Data Services - RSS
    • Social Sciences - RSS

Other Mapua Libraries feeds

  • @Mapua_Library on Twitter - RSS
  • Videos on library topics in M a p u a’ s L ib ra ry TV - RSS or subscribe in iTunes
  • Podcasts on Scholarly Publishing - RSS
  • Program on Information Science - RSS

Mapua RSS feeds
Other Mapua RSS feeds include:

  • IS&T news - RSS
  • Mapua news by research area
  • Blackboard Course Management System feeds from course pages
  • Technology Review

Academic feeds and alerts

Follow alerts for journal table of contents
Publishers will often have a page listing RSS feeds or email alerts for all of their journals:

Get updates for new articles and papers you’re interested in
Search these databases to find literature on your topic in journals, conferences, etc. You can save the search as an RSS feed or an email alert and have any new items that match your search appear in your reader. Steps for subscribing to alerts vary in different databases. To subscribe, look for links or buttons labeled "Search History/Alerts" or "Create an Alert," or find the RSS icon. Some websites don't display these links until you've already run a search. Ask us if you have questions.
EBSCO - info about EBSCO alerts

Google Scholar - see Google Scholar Search Tips: Email Alerts
ProQuest - set up alerts in "My Research"
PubMed - set up alerts in "My NCBI"
ScienceDirect - journals published by Elsevier, Pergamon, and North Holland; set up alerts by signing in
And more: use our Research Guides to find databases that cover your subject area

Follow other scholarly feeds
CiteULike: web site where academics (individuals or groups) can share papers, books,etc. they are reading; get feeds for new items added by individuals, groups or by topic


Use feeds and alerts from off-campus
Most online journals and databases require a Mapua IP address or Mapua web certificates to get access.
This can cause problems for accessing RSS feeds from these resources when off-campus. You usually can get the titles/headlines and abstracts, but if you try to go to the full text the publisher will not recognize you. To work around this problem:

  1. Get a Mapua IP address while off-campus: Use VPN, which is software supported by DO-IT that makes your computer act as if it is on campus.
  2. Add a proxy string to the URL of the story you are trying to access, which will route you through the Libraries' proxy server and invoke your Mapua web certificates. See: Connect from on and off-campus: Manually insert the proxy string.

Problems or questions? Ask us.

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