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McEwen School of Architecture Library lounge

The Architecture Library is located on the second floor of the McEwen School of Architecture at 85 Elm Street in downtown Sudbury.

Contact the Library


Telephone: 705-675-1151, extension 7273

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Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 9 AM to 8 PM 

Friday: 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday: 1 PM to 5 PM

Library hours are subject to change on short notice. For an up-to-date view of our library hours, go to


Searching the catalogue

The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books:

  • Search "any field" when starting your search. 
  • Select title when you know the book you want. 

You can then limit your search to the Architecture Library’s collection by selecting Architecture.

catalogue search screen shot

Requesting a book

To have a book placed on the hold shelf for you:

  1. Click on the title to see the full record
  2. Navigate to the Get it heading
    • For books from the Architecture or J.N. Desmarais libraries, click Request (next day pickup) and complete the form. For items with multiple volumes, each volume will have its own link.
    • For books from other libraries, click Get it from another library and complete the form.
      • If you want the complete book, you must select Format: Physical.
      • If you want just a single chapter or excerpt of less than 10% of the book, you can select Format: Digital and specify the chapter title or page range.

You will receive an email when the book is ready for you to pick up.

"Get It" portion of the full record display for a book, showing the "Request" link just under the "Get It" heading

Multi-volume items

Get It section of book details page in Omni, with multiple volumes. Each volume has its own "Request (next day pickup)" link.

Browsing the shelf

Books are organized by call numbers. Here is a quick video on how to read a call number. Architecture-related materials are generally classified under NA.

Relevant call number ranges include:

E-F – History. Historic Preservation.
GN – Vernacular Architecture
HT – City Planning. Urban Design.
KF – Architecture and Law
LB – Buildings for Education
N – Visual Arts
NA 1-60 – General
NA 100-130 – Architecture and the state
NA 190-1555.5 – History
NA 1995 – Architecture as a profession
NA 2000-2320 – Study and teaching. Research
NA 2335-2360 – Competitions
NA 2400-2460 – Museums. Exhibitions
NA 2500-2599 – General works
NA 2599.5-2599.9 – Architectural criticism
NA 2695-2793 – Architectural drawing and design
NA 2835-4050 – Details and decoration
NA 4100-8480 – Special classes of buildings
NA 4100-4145 – Classed by material
NA 4150-4160 – Classed by form
NA 4170-8480 – Classed by use
NA 4170-7020 – Public buildings
NA 4590-5621 – Religious architecture
NA 7100-7884 – Domestic architecture. Houses. Dwellings
NA 7910-8125 – Clubhouses, guild houses, etc.
NA 8200-8260 – Farm architecture
NA 8300-8480 – Outbuildings, gates, fences, etc.
NA 9000-9428 – Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
NC – Drawing and Graphic Arts
NK – Interior Architecture and Design
RA – Hospital and Health Facilities Design
SB – Landscape Architecture
TH – Building and Construction
Z 679 – Library Design

Rare books

The rare book collection contains books that are special editions, rare, unique, valuable, or fragile. So that we can preserve them, they cannot leave the Library. Ask staff at the front desk to view them.


How do I find ebooks?

There are 2 ways of finding ebooks: 

  1. Search the catalogue
  2. Search ebook databases

How do I search the catalogue for ebooks?

You can search for ebooks in the catalogue by limiting the format to books/ebooks. Follow the links to get access.


Which databases do I search for ebooks?

  • Ebook Central ?

    Description: close to 40,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • EBSCOHost eBook Collection ?

    Description: Over 7,500 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • Scholars Portal - Ebooks ?

    Description: Over 345,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas. Select Full Text Only to find only those ebooks with full text.

  • Springer LINK ?

    Description: SpringerLink currently offers 2,777 fully peer-reviewed journals and over 151,000 books online.


Where do I search?

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals ?

    Description: The 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. Avery Index also contains references to more than thirteen thousand obituary citations thereby providing architects, architectural historians, and researchers with an excellent source of biographical and professional information about architects. Among the obituaries indexed are those from four crucial American periodicals since their inception: American Architect (1876), Architectural Forum (1892), Architectural Record (1891), and Progressive Architecture (1920). The Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects is indexed as far back as 1865, providing an extensive record of English architects.

  • Art & Architecture Source ?

    Description: This database covers a broad range of related subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. This database features full-text articles—as well as detailed indexing and abstracts—for an array of journals, books and more. International in scope, Art & Architecture Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch and is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

  • Artstor ?

    Description: The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.

Other useful databases to search

  • JSTOR ?

    Description: JSTOR includes the archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. Note: Normally the journals in JSTOR are five years from current; further, all JSTOR journals are available through the "Get it @ Laurentian" link from other databases. JSTOR should NOT be used as at the first resort.

  • ASTM Standards ?

    Description: The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Digital Library provides you instant access to the digital edition of nearly every ASTM International book and paper spanning 140+ industries and 100+ years.

  • Google Scholar ?

    Description: "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature... across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."

  • Historical Abstracts ?

    Description: Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955. Access is limited to 6 concurrent users.

  • GreenFILE ?

    Description: GreenFILE is a multidisciplinary database which relates the environment to a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Includes more than 538,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 5,800 records. Years covered: 1969 - present.

  • WorldCat ?

    Description: The world's largest database of library collections in North America and abroad, including Laurentian's.

What does the Library have in print?

A + U Architecture and Urbanism = Kenchiku toToshi

AA Files

APT Bulletin

Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects

Architects’ Journal (AJ)

Architectural Design (AD)

Architectural History: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

Architectural Record

Architectural Review

Architectural Science Review

Architectural Theory Review

Architecture and Culture

Architecture d'Aujourd'Hui

Arkitektur N

Arkitektur: The Swedish Review of Architecture


ARQ (Chile)

ARQ Architecture/Quebec

ARQ Architectural Research Quarterly

Azure: Design Architecture & Art

Canadian Architect

Detail: Zeitschrift für Architektur & Baudetail

Detail (English): Review of Architecture and Construction

Detail Green

Detail Inside: Zeitschrift für Architektur und Innenraumgestaltung


El Croquis

Energy and Buildings

Fine Homebuilding

Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly

Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory & Criticism

GA Document

GA Houses

Garden History

Grey Room

Harvard Design Magazine

Home Cultures

Interior Design

JAPA: Journal of the American Planning Association

Journal of Architectural Education (JAE)

Journal of Architectural Engineering

Journal of Architecture

Journal of Landscape Architecture

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Journal of Urban Design

Landscape Journal


Lotus International




The PLAN: Architecture and Technologies in Detail


Planning Perspectives

Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme

Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD)

Texas Architect


Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review


Vernacular Architecture

*Based on the AASL (Association of Architecture School Librarians) core periodical list. (Last updated June 10, 2020)

Images & Media

Searching for images online

Citing images

The Colgate Visual Resources Library is an excellent guide for citing images. 

Borrowing films from the Library

The film collection includes DVDs screened as part of MSoA film series. 

Loan Period

14 days

How to view 

The Library loans out USB connected DVD and blu-ray Drives. 

How to borrow

Ask staff at the front desk to borrow a DVD or DVD drive as the collection is located in the backroom. 

Finding films online

  • NFB (National Film Board) ?

    Description: The NFB's online Screening Room features over 3,000 films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works (including) documentaries, animation, experimental films and fiction (with a Canadian context or perspective.) Faculty can activate additional CAMPUS tools on their personal NFB account to create playlists of film snippets ("chapters") and entire films for classes; contact Alain Lamothe ( for details.

Drawings & Maps

Print drawings

View lists of drawings held at the Architecture Library:

Online sources for drawings



Lenovo 300e Chromebook

Loan period: 1 week

How to borrow

Ask the staff at the Library front desk.

Physical computing


The Architecture Library is developing a small, reference collection of core architectural building materials samples. The Materials Collection introduces students to a range of materials that can be used in the design and construction of the built environment. 

photo of architectural building materials samples

CSI MasterFormat Divisions

The Materials Collection is organized by the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat to familiarize students with industry standards before entering the design profession. 

CSI MasterFormat is the standard for organizing construction specifications of commercial and institutional building projects in the U.S. and Canada.

MasterFormat is a product of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada. 

MasterFormat on Wikipedia

External Material Collection Resources

Materia - Materia is the global network in the area of innovative materials. Materia encourages joint innovation on the road to a more beautiful, sustainable and high-quality built environment.

The University of Texas at Austin Materials Laboratory - The Materials Lab maintains the largest and most comprehensive academic material collection in the world. The ever-growing collection features 27,000+ material samples and is reflective of the current building and design markets with a particular focus on smart, emerging and sustainable materials and technlogies. 


Peter, John. An international review of aluminum in modern architecture. Louisville, KY: Reynolds Metal Co., 1958. Call # NA 4138 I58 1958


Hall, William, Dan Cruickshank and Jean-Bernard Gouillier. Brique​. Paris: Phaidon, 2016. Call # NA 4120 B74914 2016

Wingender, Jan Peter. Brick: an exacting material. Amsterdam: Architectura & Natura Press, 2016. Call # NA 1148.6 B74 2016


Bétocib. ​Peaux de béton: 65 architecture contemporaines​. Paris: Dunod, 2013. Call # NA 4125 B48 2013

Canadian Portland Cement Association. Concrete Design Handbook. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Portland Cement Association, 1995. Call # TA 683.2 C576 1995

Cohen, Jean-Louis et Gerard Martin Moeller. ​Architectures du béton: nouvelles vagues, nouvelles recherches​. Paris: Moniteur, 2006. Call # NA 4125 L5614 2006

Day, Richard. The practical handbook of concrete and masonry. New York, NY: Arco, 1969. Call # TA 670 D38 1969

Forty, Adrian. Concrete and Culture: A Material History. London: Reaktion, 2012. Call # NA 4125 F67 2012

Hall, William et Leonard Koren. Béton​. Paris: Phaidon, 2015. Call # NA 4125 C6514 2015 

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in concrete. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4125 K68 2012

Mettler, Daniel and Daniel Studer. Made of Concrete. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH, 2018. Call # TA 681.5 M33 2018 

Peck, Martin. Modern concrete construction manual: structural design, material properties, sustainability. München: Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation, 2014. Call # TH 1461 A85313 2014

Materials - select print resources

Allen, Edward. Fundamentals of building construction: materials and methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2014. Call # TH 145 A417 2014

Berge, Bjørn. The Ecology of Building Materials. Oxford: Architectural Press, 2000. Call # TA 403.6 B456613 2000

Bounoure, Guillaume and Chloé Genevaux. ​La paille dans l'architecture, le design, la mode et l'art​. Paris: Éditions Alternatives, 2017. Call # NK 8714 G45 2017

Bounoure, Guillaume and Chloé Genevaux. ​Le Liège dans l'architecture, le design, la mode et l'art​. Paris: Éditions Alternatives, 2017. Call # NK 4699 G45 2017

Brownell, Blaine. Material strategies: innovative applications in architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. Call # TA 403.6 B76 2012

Brownell, Blaine. Transmaterial next: a catalog of materials that redefine our future. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2017. Call # TA 403.6 T153 2017

Ching, Frank. Building construction illustrated. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Call # TH 146 C52 2014

Dernie, David. Material Imagination in Architecture. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Call # NA 2750 D38 2016

Fernandez, John. Material architecture: emergent materials for innovative buildings and ecological construction. Boston: Architectural Press, 2006. Call # TA 403.6 F47 2006

Foster, Michael. Architecture: style, structure and design. New York: Excalibur Books, 1982. Call # NA 2500 A73 1982

Gerber, Eckhard. Architectural Material & Detail Structure: Advanced Materials. London: Design Media Publishing, 2016. Call # TA 403 G35 2016

Hebel, Dirk, Marta H. Wisniewska, and Felix Heisel. Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014. Call # TA 403.6 B82 2014

Howes, Philip. Material matters: new materials in design. London: Black Dog Pub., 2012. Call # TA 403.6 H69 2012

Hoyet, Nadia. ​Matériaux et architecture durable: fabrication et transformations, propriétés physiques et architecturales, approche environnementale​. Paris: Dunod, 2017. Call # NA 2542.35 H69 2017 

Kottas, Dimitris, Oriol Vallès and Roberto Bottura. Matériaux: architecture et construction. 2016. Call # NA 4100 K68 2016

Kultermann, Eva. Construction materials, methods, and techniques: building for a sustainable future. Boston, MA: Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2017. Call # TH 145 K85 2017

Lefteri, Chris. Making it: manufacturing techniques for product design. London: Laurence King Pub., 2007. Call # TS 183 L44 2007

Lefteri, Chris. Materials for design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2014. Call # TA 403 L44 2014

Lyons, Arthur. Materials for architects and builders. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Call # TA 403 L95 2014

Murray, Scott. Translucent Building Skins: Material Innovations in Modern and Contemporary Architecture. London: New York: Routledge, 2013. Call # NA 2940 M89 2013

Spiegel, Ross. Green building materials: a guide to product selection and specification. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2012. Call # TH 455 S65 2012

Taylor, Geoffrey D. Materials in Construction: An Introduction​. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education, 2000. Call # TA 403 T39 2000


Gauzin-Muller, Dominique. Architecture en terre d'aujourd'hui. Paris: Museo Édition, 2017. Call # TH 1421 G38 2017

Krahn, Tim. Essential rammed earth construction: the complete step-by-step guide. Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers, 2019. Call # TH 1421 K73 2019

Mudgirls Natural Building Collective. Mudgirls manifesto: handbuilt homes, handcrafted lives. Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers, 2018. Call # TH 4860 M83 2018

Rogue, Conrad. ​House of Earth: a complete handbook for earthen construction: cob, straw-clay, adobe, earthbags, plasters, floors, paints​. [United States]: House Alive, 2015.  Call # TH 4818 A3 R64 2015

Volhard, Franz. ​Construire en terre allégée. [Arles]: Actes Sud, 2016. Call # TH 1421 V6514 2016

Volhard, Franz. ​Light Earth Building: A Handbook for Building with Wood and Earth​. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2016. Call # TH 1421 V65 2016


Yates, Marypaul. Fabrics: a guide for interior designers and architects. New York: Norton, 2002. Call # TS 1767 Y38 2002


Eskilson, Stephen. The Age of Glass: a cultural history of glass in modern and contemporary architecture. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. Call # NA 4140 E85 2018

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in glass. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4140 K88 2012

Vellay, Dominique. La Maison de Verre. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007. Call # NA 7348 P2 V456 2007

Zegarac Leskovar, Vesna. Energy-efficient timber-glass houses. London: Springer London, 2013. Call # NA 2545.3 Z43 2013


Desveaux, Delphine. Nouvelles architectures en métal. Anthony: Moniteur, 2016. Call # NA 4133 N68 2016

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in metal. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4133 K68 2012


Bell, Michael. Permanent change: plastics in architecture and engineering. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014. Call # TA 668 P46 2014

Faircloth, Billie. Plastics now: on architecture’s relationship to a continuously emerging material. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Call # TA 668 F35 2015

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in plastic. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4145 P53 K68 2012


California Straw Building Association. Straw bale building details: an illustrated guide for design and construction. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2019. Call # TH 4818 S77 S87 2019

Magwood, Chris. Straw bale building: how to plan, design & build with straw. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2000. Call # TH 4818 S77 M34 2000


Aicher, Simon. Materials and joints in timber structures. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014. Call # TH 1101 M38 2014

Désveaux, Delphine. Nouvelles architectures en bois. Antony: Éditions Le Moniteur, 2016. Call # NA 4110 D48 2016

Forest Products Laboratory. Wood handbook: wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI: U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010. Call # TA 419 W66 2010

Galindo, Michelle. Wood architecture & design. Salenstein: Braun, 2012. Call # NA 4110 G26 2012

Glasner, Barbara. Wonder wood: a favorite material for design, architecture, and art. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2013. Call # NK 9604 G53713 2013

Green, Michael. Tall wood buildings: design, construction and performance. Boston:  Birkhäuser, 2017. Call # TA 666 G74 2017

Hall, William and Richard Mabey. Bois​. Paris: Phaidon, 2017. Call # NA 4110 W6514 2017

Hall, William and Richard Mabey. ​Wood​. Paris: Phaidon Press Limited, 2017. Call # NA 4110 W65 2017

Hansen, Hans Jürgen. Architecture in wood: a history of wood building and its techniques in Europe and North America. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1971. Call # TH 1101 H2913 1971

Herzog, Thomas. Timber construction manual. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2004. Call # TA 666 T472 2004

Hoadley, R. Bruce. Understanding wood: a craftsman’s guide to wood technology. Newton, Conn: Taunton Press, 1980. Call # TT 180 H59 1980

Hudert, Markus and Sven Pfeiffer. Rethinking wood: future dimensions of timber assembly. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2019. Call # TA 666 R48 2019

Jeska, Simone. Emergent timber technologies: materials, structures, engineering, projects. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2015. Call # TH 1101 N42213 2015

Jodidio, Philiip. 100 contemporary wood buildings. Cologne: Taschen, 2015. Call # NA 4110 J635 2015 V.1 & V.2

Lennartz, Marc Wilhelm. New architecture in wood: forms and structures. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2016. Call # NA 4110 L45713 2015

Mayo, Joseph. Solid wood: case studies in mass timber architecture, technology and design. New York: Routledge, 2015. Call # NA 4110 M29 2015

McLeod, Virginia. Detail in contemporary timber architecture. London: Laurence King Pub., 2010. Call # NA 4110 M354 2010

Meyhöfer, Dirk. Touch wood: the rediscovery of a building material. Berlin: Braun, 2008. Call # NA 4110 T68 2008

Monies, Finn. Wood in architecture. New York, NY: F.W. Dodge Corporation, 1961. Call # NA 1218 M613 1961

Norman, Anne. Made in wood: l’art de construire en bois. Bruxelles: Mardaga, 2014. Call # NA 4110 N675 2014

Pryce, Will. Architecture in wood: a world history. London: Thames & Hudson, 2016. Call # NA 4110 P79 2016

Schwinn, Tobias. Advancing wood architecture: a computational approach. New York: Routledge, 2017. Call # NA 4110 M456 2017

Steiger, Ludwig. Basics timber construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2007. Call # TA 666 S685 2007

Wilk, Christopher. Plywood: A Material Story​. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2017. Call # TS 870 W55 2017

Citing Sources

Chicago style resources

Quick reference

Chicago uses two different forms: the Author-Date system and the Notes and Bibliography system. Make sure you use the proper style and form as requested by your professor. The following quick reference guide will be using Chicago Notes and Bibliography*.

For the first notation, include all of the source information: author, title, and publishing data. When citing a source a second time, include the author’s last name, the abbreviated title, and the pages. If a source is cited more than two times successively, use “Ibid.” followed by the page numbers (if differing). Notes are formatted as footnotes or endnotes beginning with “1.”

*Chicago style uses hanging indents in its bibliography.

BOOK Lastname, Firstname. Book Title. Location of publication: publisher, year.

Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.


Lastname, Firstname. Book Title. Translated by Firstname Lastname. Location of publication: publisher, year.

De Saint-Exupéry, Antoine. The Little Prince. Translated by Katherine Woods. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1971.


Lastname, Firstname. “Chapter Title.” In Book Title, edited by Firstname Lastname, pages. Location of publication: publisher, year.

Barman, Jean. “Taming Aboriginal sexuality: Gender, Power, and Race in British Columbia, 1850-1900.” In In the Days of our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada. Edited by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Lorna Townsend, 270-300. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.


Lastname, Firstname. “Article Title.” Journal Title, Volume, no.# (year): pages. Accessed Month day, year (if applicable). URL or doi.

Buchanan, Brett. “The Time of the Animal.” PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, 2 no.2 (2007): 61-80. Accessed November 7, 2012.  


Lastname, Firstname. “Article Title.” Newspaper (place of publication), Month day, year. URL (if applicable).

Smith, Teresa. “Drought-Stricken Almonte Farmer Receives Much-Needed Hay from Saskatchewan.” Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa), October 31, 2012.


Name of presenter. “Presentation Title if available.” Presented to Name of conference and organization, place, date. URL.

Brown, Brené. “The Power of Vulnerability.” Presented to Ted Talks, Houston, June 2010. 


Author, screen name, or editor. “Title of page.” Website name, date last modified (if available). Date accessed (if not modified). URL.

Historica Dominion Institute. Richard Pierpoint. Historica Dominion Institute. Accessed November 8, 2012. 


Generally, blogs are listed in the notes and not the bibliography. However, if it is a blog of significance you may add it to your bibliography. If the title includes the word “blog” there is no need to repeat it within parentheses.

In the notes:
Author or screen name, “Title of Article,” Title of Blog (blog), creation date, URL.

Geist, Michael, “Canadian Copyright Reform in Force: Expanded User Rights Now the Law,” Michael Geist (blog), November 7, 2012, 

Managing citations with Zotero

Zotero is a free, web-based citation manager that allows you to: 

  • Directly import references from article databases, the library catalogue, e-book collections, etc.
  • Manage and organize your references.
  • Create a bibliography.
  • Share your references with others
  • Add in-text citation and a bibliography directly into your assignment 

To enable Zotero's Library Lookup service to find full-text documents licensed by Laurentian University, set Edit->Preferences->Advanced->General->Resolver to

Getting started with Zotero:

Academic Integrity for Students at Laurentian University

While working on your research papers and various written assignments, please be mindful to cite your sources and protect yourself against plagiarism. Please consult the Policy on Student Academic Integrity.

Thesis Resources

Laurentian M.Arch Theses

The Architecture Library has print copies of M.Arch Theses that can be consulted in the library. Ask the front desk staff to view any theses.

LU|ZONE|UL provides access to M.Arch theses online. 

University repositories

CURVE - Carleton University Research Virtual Environment

LU|ZONE|UL (Laurentian University)

eScholarship@McGill (McGill University)

RULA Digital Repository (Ryerson University)

cIRcle (University of British Columbia)

PRISM (University of Calgary)

Essais de fin d'études en architecture (Université Laval)

MSpace (University of Manitoba)

UWSpace (University of Waterloo)

Papyrus (Université de Montréal)


Ahmed, Vian, Alex Opoku, and Zeeshan Aziz. Research Methodology in the Built Environment: A Selection of Case Studies. London: Routledge, 2016. Call # NA 2000 R48 2016
Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc., 2015. Call # N 7476 B37 2015
Borden, Iain and Katerina R. Ray. The Dissertation: A Guide for Architecture Students. New York: Routledge, 2014. Call # NA 2108 B67 2014
Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017. Call # Z 253 U69 2017 Ref.
Chilisa, Bagele. Indigenous Research Methodologies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012. Call # GN 380 C494 2012
Clark, Roger H and Michale Pause. Precedents in Architecture. 2nd ed,. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996. Call # NA 2750 C55 1996
Ewald, Thorsten. Writing in the Technical Fields: A Practical Guide. Don Mills, ON: Oxford, 2014. Call # T 11 E93 2014
Galvin, Jose L., Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social And Behavioral Sciences. London: Routledge, 2017.  Call # H 62 G246 2017
Groat, Linda and David Wang, eds. Architectural Research Methods. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2013. Call # NA 2000 G76 2013
Gross, Lawrence. Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing and Being. London: Routledge, 2016. Call # E 99 C6 G76 2016
Hart, Chris. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Research Imagination. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2018. Call # H 62 J46 2018
 Kulnieks, Andrejs, Dan Roronhiakewen Longboat and Kelly Young, eds. Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies: A Curricula of Stories and Place. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2013. Call # GE 70 C66 2013
Lange, Alexandra. Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. Call # NA 2599.6 L36 2012
Laycock, Elizabeth. The Journey to Dissertation Success: for Construction, Property, and Architecture Students. London: Routledge, 2016. Call # NA 2500 L387 2016
Lucas, Ray. Research Methods for Architecture. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2016. Call # NA 2000 L83 2016
Pan, M. Ling. Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. London: Routledge, 2017. Call # H 62 P36 2017
Schmaltz, Bill. The Architect’s Guide to Writing: for Design and Construction Professionals. Mulgrave, Victoria: The Images Publishing Group, 2014. Call # NA 2540 S34 2014 Ref.
Spector, Tom and Rebecca Damron. How Architects Write. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2017. Call # NA 2540 S59 2017
Strunk, William. The Elements of Style. New York, NY: SoHo Books, 1920. Call # PE 1408 S772 1959 Ref.
Wilson, Shawn. Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Halifax: Fernwood, 2008. Call # GN 380 W554 2008
Wiseman, Carter. Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment. San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2014. Call # NA 2540 W67 2014
Zinsser, Willian Knowlton. On Writing Well: the Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. New York: Collins, 2006. Call # PE 1429 Z5 2006 Ref.

One School, One Book

One School, One Book

Each year the Library selects a book and invites the McEwen School of Architecture community to read the book over the winter term and come together to share their thoughts. 


This year's One School, One Book selection is I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou. Visit the Architecture Library or the Sudbury Public Library to pick up a copy and join our book discussion on March 9 led Associate Professor Bruce Wrightsman. 


Ondaatje, Michael. In the Skin of a Lion. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1996.


Sakamoto, Kerri. Floating City: a novel. Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018.


Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. London: Vintage, 1997.


Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose. Boston: Mariner Books, 2014.

The Name of the Rose. Film. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2004.



Follett, Ken. The Pillars of the Earth. New York, NY: New American Library, 2014.