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29 March 2017

New architectural database: Explore by building type


Birkhäuser Building Types Online is a whole new way of searching for information on building types and specific projects, writes Romany Manuell, Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Architecture.


If you're an architecture student or researcher, you're probably familiar with many of the Library's database subscriptions. You've probably used Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, and you certainly will have found articles using JSTOR. But have you tried Birkhäuser Building Types Online? This new database by the publisher De Gruyter has articles (just like those other databases) but also includes vector-based drawings, architectural plans, photographs and much more.

The main feature of Birkhäuser Building Types Online is that it allows you to explore by building type or morphological type, rather than just by keywords. If you're looking to browse office buildings, you'll find 67 of them currently listed - with more coming every day! If you choose to view a particular office building in the list, such as VPRO Villa by MVRDV, you’ll see site plans, professional photos of the exterior, and a brief description of the project.

However, if you were to search for the architectural practice MVRDV, you’ll see all the entries for individual projects (including VPRO Villa, Villa KBWW and Mirador Residential Complex). You’ll also find excerpts from books in the De Gruyter collection that mention the architectural practice. This will give you an excellent starting point for your research into building types and specific projects. Explore and enjoy!


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1 February 2016

Art Source: A gallery of resources for art, design and architecture research

Art Source is the go-to database for research in art or architecture, writes Romany Manuell, subject librarian for Art, Design and Architecture.


Have you heard about Art Source?  There’s no other database with as much high-quality content for your art, design and architecture research. Art Source is based on a merger of databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, but it also includes a bunch of fresh, new sources never previously made available.

If you attended the MADA exhibition “The Abstract” last October, you’ll already be familiar with the peer-reviewed journals in our print collection. Did you know that many of those journals are also available online through Art Source? 

Art Source covers a broad range of related subjects, including:
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture and architectural history
  • Art history
  • Contemporary art
  • Costume design
  • Decorative arts
  • Folk art
  • Graphic arts
  • Industrial design
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Museology
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Television
  • Textiles
  • Video
Many of the articles in this database are full-text, but Art Source also provides detailed indexing and abstracts for journals, books, podcasts and more. If you’ve previously used the databases Art and Architecture Complete, Art Full Text or Art Index Retrospective, you’ll be happy to know that these are all now included in Art Source.

Art Source is available to Monash staff and students via the Databases page and through Search.

Be warned! Many people get Art Source confused with ARTStor. Both are excellent resources, but Art Source will give you top quality journal articles and art news, whereas ARTStor is an image library.

Art Source: your first stop for art, design and architecture research!











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7 May 2015

Learn new skills via video

Learn some new skills and techniques online through a first class video provider.  In fact we found helpful tips on writing for this blog that way...... by Romany Manuell.

If you listen to a lot of podcasts (I'm a huge fan of This American Life and Serial) you probably will have heard the ads for Lynda.com, a training provider offering online education via video since 2002. But did you know that you can access Lynda.com for free by signing up through the Monash University Library?
Lynda.com offers beautifully produced training videos on all kinds of topics. Want to learn how to use InDesign or Photoshop? Lynda.com can help out. Need to keep up to date with the latest classroom technologies? Lynda.com can help you there, too. Each set of videos comes complete with a detailed table of contents, so you can quickly navigate to the information you need. Never again will you be stuck looking for a needle in the YouTube haystack!  


To explore this amazing database of videos, look for Lynda.com in Search and follow the instructions to sign up for an account.

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