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Modern architecture

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  • Jennifer [dot] Garland [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4785

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Sources for Background Information

Guides and Handbooks

  • Histoire mondiale de l'architecture et de l'urbanisme modernes
    NA642 R3 v. 1-3
  • History of modern architecture
    NA642 B413 1971
  • Modern Architecture
    Serves as a concise historical guide to modern architecture.
    NA680 C593 2002 (Ref)
  • Modern Architecture
    v. 1 covers 1851-1919; v. 2 covers 1920-1945.
    folio NA645 F73 1981 v. 1-2

Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, Glossaries

  • 100 Contemporary Architects
    Lists contemporary architects and gives examples of their work.
    folio NA680 J5579 2008 v. 1-2 (Ref)
  • Dictionary of Art - Oxford Art Online
    (includes Grove Art Online)
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Architecture
    NA31 H3713 1964 (Ref)

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Core and Additional Databases

  • ARTstor (image database)
    online via McGill Library
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • Bibliography of the History of Art
    Print & online via McGill Library
  • British Humanities Index
    online via McGill Library
  • RIBA British Architectural Library Catalogue Online (formerly API)
    Z5941 A7x (Index Stand) & online via McGill Library
  • Web of Science (ISI)
    online via McGill Library
  • World Architecture Index: A Guide to Illustrations
    NA202 T4 1991 (Ref)

Selected Internet Sites

Other Resources


  • Modern Architecture of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Monographs
    Z5941.37 V36 1982 (Ref)
  • Modern Architecture of the 19th Century: Monographs
    Z5941.395 V38 1983 (Ref)
  • Modern Architecture of the 20th Century
    Z5941.5 V36 1983 (Ref)
  • Sources of Modern Architecture: A Bibliography is divided into three sections: biographical bibliography, subject bibliography (organized into Modern Architecture; Architectural Theory; Aesthetics, Architecture and Society), and national bibliography (organized by countries). The biographical section contains short synopses of the architects' life and work.
    Z5941 S48 1967 (Ref)
  • Sources of Modern Architecture: A Critical Bibliography
    Z5941.5 S47 (Ref)

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