UTS Library

Building Plans: Journals

In this guide:

Finding Building Plans - via journals/magazines (electronic / hardcopy)

Ok, so let's say you have been given an assignment that requires you to find building plans for a famous building. What do you do? Where do you go? Well, why not follow the step by step instructions below to find out!

Step 1: Look up the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals in the catalogue

You can also click on the link above to get there.

Step 2: In the Avery Index use the Advanced Search option.

When you use Advanced Search you can specify building plans, sections and elevations. Advanced search lives just above the search pane on the landing screen.

Step 3: Use the Document Feature Box to Select Plans and Sections

And whatever other document features you want to see. 







Step 4: Enter the name of the building you'd like to search for in one of the search boxes 

* You can also enter the name of the architect if you want.
* Some buildings have more than one name. This isn't very common but an example is the Gherkin in London which is also called "30 St Mary Axe" and "Swiss Re". If you know more than one name for your building, write them all on one line with a big OR between them, and wrap up the names in inverted commas, like in the picture below:


Step 5: Browse the results and click the Find It button on articles of interest

But don't be surprised if you don't find any full text PDF's in your search. If there aren't any full text PDF's beneath an article should be a link saying 'Find it' instead.


It's worth clicking on the 'Find it' button link to see if the article is available in full in another database. If it is available should see a new page open with links that look like this:












Step 6: If full text is available, follow the link!

If the full text is available, follow the link
If you don't, go to step 7...

(If you don't get good results - remove the name of the architect or the inverted commas. This might add an extra hit or two to your search. If you still get nothing, go up to the top of the screen and click the 'change databases' button, and then check the 'select all' button. This will add more results to your search.

Step 7:  If there is no full text available - Use ArticleReach to obtain a copy.

For articles that aren't available in full via the databases there is ArticleReach. This will source your article in pdf form from another university. This should be a pretty fast (one week or less, sometimes as little as a day or two). 

If you need some help finding articles - please email me: david.litting@uts.edu.au