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Architecture Research Guide

This research guide will point you toward the material you need to gather in your research - books, articles, websites, etc. Click on each page (tab) and read through the boxes on each page to explore the research tools available to you.

Highlighted Architecture eBooks


To access eBooks, use the Full Text Availability link, as shown below.

You may be prompted to login with your LancerPoint login if you are off-campus.


Link to access an eBook from catalog

Search books, articles and more: the PCC Library Catalog

A single search box covers our catalog of books and DVDs, as well as a large number of the periodical articles in our collection. You can search All, or you can use the tabs above the search box to narrow your search to Articles or Books.

Start your search here!

Search Tips

The search box above finds books, media and course reserves located in the library's collection. Begin a book search by clicking on the Books tab. After selecting the book title, click on Availability or Editions and Formats to take down the call number which leads you to the specific item on the shelf.

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keywords and phrases. Use the Advanced Search to select a specific field (e.g., title or subject). To find information about a person, use the Subject Field (select from the drop down menu). To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject Field and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Architecture, Domestic - Designs and plans
  • Architecture - History
  • Architecture, Modern - 20th century
  • Architectural drawing
  • Architectural photography
  • Computer-aided design
  • House construction
  • Structural engineering

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limiters to narrow a search. Another option is to search by ISBN.

  • architecture AND pasadena
  • drawing OR drafting OR design
  • "taj mahal" (use quotes around an exact phrase search)