Historic Preservation Resources: Articles

Historic Preservation Resources

AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature
Comprehensive database of abstracts of international literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. Literature includes journals, conference proceedings and preprints, occasional papers, relevant electronic resources, audio visual resources and dissertations and theses.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Provides citations to articles in journals covering architectural design and history, historic preservation, landscape architecture, interior design and city planning.

BCIN: Conservation Information Network
Database that provides access to citations for conservation literature, including technical reports, journal articles, books, theses and unpublished materials.


Finding Articles on Your Topic

Columbia University Libraries provide access to many online resources. As a way to get started with your research, in addition to the subject specific resources above, a few interdisciplinary databases are highlighted below. These resources are subscription based, so they should be accessed through the links in this guide or through CLIO by searching for the name of the resource.

Search Tips

Database Search Tips

  • Keep terms together by doing a phrase search using quotation marks, like "affordable housing".
  • Try a truncated search using asterisk. The asterisk allows you to search for any ending to a word. For example, histor* will find history, historian, historic, historical, historiography, etc.
  • A wildcard search also uses an asterisk, but replaces just one letter in the middle of a word. For example, wom*n will find woman and women.
  • Try using boolean operators (AND/OR/NOT) in your searches. OR is especially helpful for alternate search terms or multiple spellings, while NOT can eliminate unwanted or irrelevant results.
  • Most databases have ways to filter your search results, often through a bar on the left hand side of the page. Use these facets to filter by date, subject, language, etc. You can also use sorting to put your results in a particular order--for example, most recent articles first.
  • Most databases also have a help or search tips section.
  • While some databases, like JSTOR, are entirely full text (meaning they provide the full article for immediate use), others offer a combination of full text and citations (brief information about the article). These citations can be searched in CLIO to find access via other databases or print journals. Most databases have an option to filter so that you can see only full text content.



This resource provides access to various interdisciplinary databases. Like ProQuest, you can search multiple databases simultaneously or select individually. EBSCOhost includes many resources related to the built environment, including the Avery Index.

To search only art-related databases, click Choose Databases above the search box on the EBSCOhost home page, as shown below.

EBSCOhost search page showing "Choose Databases" circled in red.

Then choose the individual databases you want to search. Unlike ProQuest, which lists databases thematically, EBSCOhost lists databases alphabetically, so you will need to scan the list to find the relevant databases and select them individually as shown below.

EBSCO database list showing architecture databases selected

EBSCO database list showing architecture databases selected



This resource includes citations and full text articles in academic & professional disciplines. ProQuest includes journal articles, newspaper articles, and dissertations, among other formats. You can search multiple databases simultaneously or select individually (see below). Includes the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.

ProQuest includes many databases, and allows you to search across all databases or only those which you select. You can choose to filter before or after searching. To select databases or see which ones you're searching, click on Databases on the top of the page.

ProQuest header and top menu showing "Databases" circled in red.

ProQuest contains the Avery Index. To search only these or any other database(s), use the check boxes to select before searching.

ProQuest databases showing Art, Design & Architecture Collection and Avery Index selected


JSTOR is an interdisciplinary full-text database. Try limiting your search to a particular discipline through the advanced search feature as shown below, or searching more broadly and then using the menu on the left hand side to filter your results.

JSTOR advanced search box

JSTOR publication subjects with "Architecture & Architectural History" selected

Once you have found an article and opened it, to print or to search within an article on JSTOR, click on the Download PDF button as shown below, then use ctrl+F or command+F to search within.

JSTOR download pdf  button