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To access the electronic databases, go to the UCT Libraries web site (http://www.lib.uct.ac.za) and hover your mouse over Search & Find in the top menu bar. In the dropdown menu, click on Databasesto open the alphabetical list of databases, where you can navigate to the database you need.
Google Scholar is a Web search engine that specifically searches scholarly literature and academic resources.
There is overlap between the content in Google Scholar and the Library's individual databases. Also, many citations in Google Scholar will link to full text in the Library's databases or in publicly available databases, click on ViewIt@UCT to access the full text.
Google Scholar can be a convenient starting place, but it is not a comprehensive "one-stop shop." For more precise searching, more search features, and more content, use the Library's databases.
Useful databases for Landscape Architecture (In addition to the Architecture databases)
Landscape architecture studies is about innovative design and planning of the exterior environment. The course explores the relationship between disciplines in the natural sciences and those which are concerned with the design of the built environment, through the use of applied principles derived from ecological, urban, landscape, cultural and social studies. Most databases for architecture can be used to look for articles, however owing the cross-disciplinary nature of the profession, the following databases could be used in addition to those for Architecture:
Academic Search PremierThis multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 8,500 journals, including full text for more than 4,600 peer-reviewed titles. Provides journal coverage for most academic areas of study, including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and women's studies.
Biological & Agricultural Index PlusBiological & Agricultural Index Plus™ provides full text of articles from over 100 journals dating back to 1997, as well as indexing and abstracts of more than 380 publications. Subject coverage includes agriculture & agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics and much more.
EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact StatementsMajor areas of coverage include: Air Transportation; Defense Programs; Energy; Hazardous Substances; Land Use; Parks, Refuges, and Forests; Research and Development; Roads and Railroads; Urban and Social Programs; Water.
Environment AbstractsThis is a broad and comprehensive environmental research resource which provides indexing and abstracts of journal articles from both scholarly journals and popular general interest magazines, monographs, conference papers, research reports, and annual reports containing vital information on all aspects of the impact of humans and their technology on the environment.
GreenFileGreenFILE provides information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)IIED is one of the world’s most influential international development and environment policy research organisations. Most publications are free to download and we offer printed publications at no cost to individuals and organisations in non-OECD countries.
Sustainability Science AbstractsMajor areas of coverage include: Human Population Dynamics; Population - Environment Relations; Population Statistics and Policy; Ecotourism; Sustainable Living and Consumption; Environmental Awareness and Education; Environmental Law, Conventions, & Policy; Sustainable Resource Base: Atmosphere; Land; Water and Biodiversity; Economic Drivers; Sustainable Development and Production; Sustainable Energy; Sustainable Transportation/Mobility.
Databases are searchable collections of records describing journal articles and other documents such as conference papers, reports, and book chapters. They are produced commercially or by learned societies, and most of them are international in scope, thus enabling you to explore the world's literature in a particular field. When you search a large international database, the articles you discover may, or may not, be available in UCT Libraries. Most databases provide abstracts (or summaries) of the articles' content, and some provide the full text of the articles themselves.
Where the full text is not available from the database, click on ViewIt@UCT (Google Scholar) or to help you track the full article. You can also use PRIMO to find out if we have the journal in printed format.
If UCT does not have access to a journal, please request the article via our Interlibrary Loans service.
Below is a selection of databases we recommend for Architecture and Landscape Architecture students:
The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 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 is accessed via the EBSCOhost platform.
ArchUpArticles from 93 international and South African journals as indexed by the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria over the years to enable users to access information on architects, buildings, building materials and methods, design theory, urban design, and much more.
PlanUPPlanUP was developed for the indexing of the extended archive of the Department of Architecture (University of Pretoria). Donations of the work of some of South Africa’s major architects were accumulated over the years, including original hand-drawn plans, elevations, sections, and diaries. The database includes diverse, research reports, articles, frameworks, sketches and photographs.