Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The database "Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals" is published by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. It 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. It contains over seven hundred American and international journals including not only scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serials on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Articles are included from key publications such as American Architect, Domus, Dwell, and El Croquis, as well as architectural articles from art and planning journals such as Burlington Magazine, Journal of Green Building, Metropolitan Museum Journal, and Urban Land.

Subject coverage: Archaeology, Architecture, Architectural design, City planning, Furniture and decoration, Historical preservation, History of architecture, Interior design, Landscape architecture.

Coverage: 1934 - current.


This database is accessible within the Ghent University network.

Search Tips

Using Basic Search you enter a search term and then you've got the option to filter the search results by selecting the type of source, date of publication, language, ... You can tick the "Peer reviewed" check box under the search box. (Peer Reviewed: a publication in which articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author's peers (people who are experts in the same subject area). Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer reviewed.)

  • You can use the Bolean operators AND - OR - NOT.
  • ? replaces 0 or 1 character(s).
  • * replaces 0, 1 or more character(s).
  • If you want to retain a sequence of terms, put it within quotation marks, e.g. "Italian Renaissance".

Using Advanced Search you can specify which field to search a term in, as well as the publication date. You can also narrow down by type of source, language, place of publication. You can tick the "Peer reviewed" check box here as well.

In your search results you'll see the link Fulltext@UGent below the title of each article. This is your link to our catalogue, where you can see how to get the article you're looking for. There are several possibilities:

  • Full text available: click on the link offered
  • Document delivery: scanned article from print collections (UGent only)
  • Document delivery: from any library worldwide (paying service) = interlibrary loan (ILL) request


To export a citation to EndNote: select and open an article, choose Cite on the right side of the article. Consult with your teacher which citation style is used. Whatever you use, be consistent. After you've selected your citation style, click on EN (EndNote). An "export/save" window appears, click on continue. A pop-up will appear at the bottom asking if you want to open the requested information, click on Open. Your citation will now be saved in EndNote. Note: make sure you start all your applications (browser, Endnote, Word, ...) via Athena, otherwise the export won't work.

You can also download multiple citations at once from the search results page. Click on the checkbox to next to each article you're interested in or, to download all references from the visible search results page, tick Select 1-20, this will select all the articles on that page. Click on Cite (") in the upper right corner of the results, select EndNote, click on Continue. A pop-up will appear at the bottom asking if you want to open the requested information, click on Open. Your citations will now be saved in EndNote.

Alerts & saving searches

You've got the option to see your recent search history (recent searches) and to save your search results (save search/alert). You can create your own free account to save your search results for your next search session. With this account you can also receive e-mail alerts when new documents matching your search become available in ProQuest (= overarching database, which includes the Avery index to architectural periodicals).


Are you experiencing any problems using this database? At the bottom left of your search results you will find a chat window to contact the Ghent University library.

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Last modified Oct. 19, 2023, 11:27 a.m.