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Historic Building Conservation - Searching beyond the basics

This section lists resources for specific purposes.

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Find journal and magazine articles. These include up-to-date publications. To see if the library has a specific electronic journal or to browse by subject, take the Ejournals tab on the library homepage. Print journals can be searched from the Catalogue link.

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Use this resource to search for journal articles, e-books and images.  All visual arts subjects are included.  Links to the full text are provided, where available.

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BCIN not in Discovery 

Discover what has been published on the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property.

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The RIBA Library catalogue can be used to find what journal articles and books have been published on your subject.

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Search and access many journal articles from 1888 to the present.

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Geobase not in Discovery 

GeoBase is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. Updated weekly, GeoBase contains 1.8 million records with over 100,000 new records added annually. A guide to this resource can be found at: http://www.lib-guides.port.ac.uk/LG593.pdf

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GreenFILE covers research information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

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An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects.

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Collections of articles from a variety of humanities and social sciences.

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Search authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. Topics include architecture, interior design and conservation.

Find (mostly) non-current, full-text, journal and magazine articles.

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Art and Architecture Archive not in Discovery 

Includes archival full text access to magazines including Architects' Journal  (1919 - 2005) and Architectural Review (1896 - 2005).

Includes resources you may use in design practice.

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Barbour not in Discovery 

Barbour is a health and safety information service providing information sourced from over 900 providers. Information within it includes legislation, technical guides and best practice along with director level briefings and employee training guides. The legislation diary identifies all known upcoming changes in legislation relating to different health and safety topics.

Note that the resource only allows one user at a time, however, if you would like a personal login which allows you to save searches and set up alerts please see further information on the off campus password page.

Barbour site information: Barbour search hints and tips and library guide

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BCIS Online not in Discovery 

The Building Costs Information Service provides independent cost information to the construction industry

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A key source of up-to-date technical information for the architecture and construction industries.  Information includes building regulations, advice notes, British Standards, government reports as well as journal articles, e.g. from the Architects’ Journal and books such as the Metric Handbook.

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Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that deliver maps and map data of Great Britain. We have access to Digimap, Historic Digimap and Geology Digimap. A video guide is also available for this resource: https://www.youtube.com/user/EDINADigimap

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Materia not in Discovery 

'Join Now' to access full details of this website of innovative materials.

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The NHBC Standards give the technical requirements, performance standards and guidance for the design and construction of new homes acceptable to NHBC (National House Building Council).

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Product Selector Plus not in Discovery 

Access building product information online. This database provides access to resources such as catalogues and technical summaries.

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Product and supplier information for building and civil engineering. Can also be searched via the Construction Information Service.

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Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text of regional and national UK and international newspapers from the 1980s onwards. Useful for reviews and public opinions.

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British Library Newspapers not in Discovery 

Search and read a wide range of national and regional newspapers from 1741-1950.

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Search for stories in this popular tabloid or use the browse feature to flick through the paper on particular days. Use Nexis if you want to go beyond 2004.

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Access stories and photos from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

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The world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper.

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Full articles including images from the Times Newspaper

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UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Full articles, including images, from the Daily Express (1900-) and the Daily Mirror (1903-).

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A database of more than 2 million images related to visual arts and culture. 

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Culture Grid provides access to UK arts, culture and heritage collections. You can also access European collections through Europeana. Results draw on image, audio and video artefacts.

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Detail Inspiration is an image and reference database with more than 3000 projects from the last 30 years of DETAIL Magazine (UK and German editions and Detail Green). Each project is accompanied by DETAIL project documents, which can be downloaded as PDFs. This presentation explains a little more about the resource:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4yHnwNbx36jTmtpc0ZnbE9pR2M/view?usp=sharing

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A collection of British map data services, including Digimap - modern Ordnance Survey maps and map data, including the definitive OS MasterMap; Historic Digimap - 19th & 20th Century large/medium scale OS maps; Geology Digimap - maps and map data from the British Geological Survey.

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Includes, photographs and drawings of England's archaeology, historic buildings and social history.

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Search, view, and download thousands of video, image and audio resources from many different collections covering news, documentaries, popular culture and much more.

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Online image collections from the RIBA and, therefore, focus on architecture and interior design.  Images are watermarked, but they are of good quality and can be used for educational purposes.

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Watch UK TV programmes from 2007 onwards, including many films and useful documentaries.

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A unique online resource which offers a window on Britain's changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television.

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Search, view, and download thousands of video, image and audio resources from many different collections covering news, documentaries, popular culture and much more.

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Rare Books Collection not in Discovery 

architectural materials & structural elements
architecture
architecture from 1400
construction of buildings
landscape architecture
public structures
residential & related buildings

See also:

You may also find relevant resources listed under: Architecture.

Your Subject Team

Greta Friggens

(Faculty Librarian)

Email: greta.friggens@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3456

Lizzie Wildgoose

(Assistant Faculty Librarian)

Email: lizzie.wildgoose@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3452