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Dictionaries and encyclopedias are a good starting point when researching a topic as they provide definitions, explanations or general overviews.
Relevant Article Databases
Journal articles often provide the most current and authoritative research on a topic. The Library subscribes to databases to provide you access to these sources which are usually not freely available via the World Wide Web. You can search databases on your chosen topic and locate full-text articles, abstracts of articles or citations. Check the Catalogue by journal title if the database does not give you the full-text or a linkage to full-text elsewhere. A comprehensive listing of databases is provided on the main e-Resources page.
Acumen Practice Notes
Acumen Practice Notes is an online resource of architectural practice material, providing an extensive database of advisory notes on managing architectural practice and projects in Australia, includes the primary streams: Practice, Project, Resource and most recently, Environment.
Art & Architecture Complete
A robust art research database providing full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts. Useful for artists, art scholars and designers, it covers fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design.
Art and Architecture Archive
A major research resource comprising the digitized backfiles of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the twentieth century. Offering unprecedented access to the archives of key consumer and trade publications, it is a unique collection of the essential primary sources for studying the history of these subjects. The magazines cover the spectrum of sub-disciplines, from fine and applied arts, through to interior design, industrial design, and landscape gardening.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (AVERY)
Offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including bibliographic descriptions on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration.
Environmental Studies in Video
Contains films covering all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. The collection addresses specific topics including alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, farming and agriculture, the food industry, LEED certification, waste issues, and climate change.
IET Digital Library eBooks
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a multidisciplinary professional engineering institution. This ultimate ebooks collection (1979-2020) includes computing, electronic and electrical engineer, telecommunications, circuits, power, materials and IT research related.
The collections includes more than 2,600 of the top peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; 50,000 academic monographs, research reports from trusted institutes; and more than 2 million primary sources.
Full text database containing over 3,800 journals and more than 37,000 book titles for scientific research in the life, physical, medical, technical, and social sciences.
Standards Online Premium (SAI Global)
Provides access to the full contents of all current Australian standards, draft standards, superseded standards and most handbooks published by Standards Australia. Updated monthly.
NOTE: For International standards please refer to the ASTM database
Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO)
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