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A guide to print and electronic resources available at The New School Libraries.

Theories of Architectural Form

In this orientation, we will take a tour of library resources and services together. 

We will also seek to answer these questions:

  1. Why use library resources instead of searching the web? 
  2. What are two ways we can incorporate your research / text evidence into a paper?    Ways to introduce a quotation.
  3. When do we need to cite?  Chicago Manual of Style.

Today's lesson:

  1. Go to the library website at
  2. Search the library catalog (Books & More) to find books, articles, and more on your topic.
    - Example keywords: architecture capitalism
    - Note that this is not a full-text search.  
    - Filter to books only: Resource Types -> Books.  
  3. Review results for relevancy (title, subject headings, table of contents).  
  4. Filter to ebooks only.  Library (New School) -> New School Internet Resources 
  5. Filter to physical books. Availability ->Physical Items in Consortium
    - Click on Login to request a book.
  6. Now go back to the library website
  7. Click on "Browse Databases" to go to the portal to all of our online resources.
  8. See the Popular Databases section.
  9. Enter the JSTOR database.
  10. Search using our example keywords: architecture capitalism
  11. Review results for relevancy (title, subject headings, abstract)
  12. Next, we will create an account in RefWorks, a citation management system.
  13. Click on "Cite this item" then "Export to RefWorks"
  14. Then click on "Yes, export to the newest version of RefWorks"
  15. Click on "No account? - Sign up here"  We will all create a RefWorks account.
  16. Now we will complete exporting the citation to RefWorks.  Return to JSTOR and click on "Export to RefWorks" 
  17. Highlight the citation to view details on the right. You can edit the fields, if necessary. 
  18. To create a bibliography in any citation style, click on the checkboxes to the left of the references. Then go to "Create bibliography"  and select "Create bibliography."
  19. You can change your citation style using the drop-down menu.  (Recommended: Chicago 17th Edition (Notes & Bibliography))
  20. Go back to Browse Databases  and click on "Architecture." These are all specialized architecture databases that you can search in addition to our popular databases.

Need help? Request a 1-on-1 Consultation or Ask Us!   Consult our Architecture Research Guide and Youtube playlist.

View our Intro to the Libraries tutorial.

Recommended databases: