ICSM 10511 House and Its Inhabitants

Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe

Best Bets: Books

You might find plenty of material in our online catalog just by using keyword searches. If you have any trouble locating books, remember that most academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System. The Library of Congress Subject Headings tend to cover broad areas.  And they often subdivide into location (country) and time period.
Here are a few subject headings in our online catalog that will help you locate books in our library:
Architecture and society
Architectural design
Architectural drawing
Architecture, Domestic
Architecture, Domestic -- Designs and plans
Architecture, Domestic--United States--Designs and plans
Architecture--Environmental aspects
Architecture--Psychological aspects
City and town life
Decoration and ornament
Dwellings--Cross-cultural studies
Dwellings--Psychological aspects
Dwellings--Environmental aspects
Ecological houses
Interior decoration
House construction
Personal space
Rooms--Psychological aspects
Rooms--Environmental aspects
Social archaeology
Small houses
Space (Architecture)
Suburban homes
Sustainable architecture
Sustainable buildings
Vernacular architecture

You can also use the database WorldCat to identify useful books which you can borrow from other libraries, using our Inter Library Loan service:

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Finding Images

Image Search Engines
Bing Images
Google Images
Morgue File

Popular Magazines and Media
Better Homes & Gardens
Dwell (on Pinterest)
Dwell (15 year archive online)
Gizmodo: Architecture
Homestyle Magazine (online archive)
House Beautiful

Lowes Home Ideas Gallery
Home Depot

Contact Us

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(607) 274-1199

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What If It's Not in the Library

If you come across a citation for a book that you would like to use, but isn't in our collection, use our Inter Library Loan service.  We'll borrow the book from another library for you.

If, while searching in a database, you see this icon:

It means that the full text is not available in that particular database, but you may use the icon to see if it is available through another database. It will automatically connect you to the full article.  If we don't have access to it online, it will offer you the option to get it through Inter Library Loan.

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