Research guides are the perfect place to get started. Check out these guides we've created for architecture students:
- Architecture research during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Architecture at Musagetes Library
- Canadian architecture
- Geographic Informations Systems (GIS) for architecture
Waterloo students have access to hundreds of research journal databases, all of which can be accessed from home by signing in with your WatIAM ID. If you are having problems with your account, email Anne or contact the library's Chat service from lib.uwaterloo.ca.
- Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: your first choice for finding architecture, design and urban planning articles. The only comprehensive guide to the historical and current literature of architecture and related design fields.
- Building Types Online (BTO): vector-based architectural drawings, photographs, articles and case studies of modernist and contemporary built works digitally reproduced from Birkhäuser publications.
- Royal Institute of British Architects Library catalogue (RIBA Index): library collections of the Royal Institute of British Architecture.
- BuildingGreen: current information on sustainable design strategies, green building materials and case studies of high-performance buildings.
- ARTstor: a digital library with almost 2 million images of art, architecture, the humanities and science. Get ARTstor help.
- Canada Green Building Council: Lists Canadian green building case studies, industry job postings, LEED resources and more.
- Pidgeon Digital: A collection of historical and recent talks given by some of the world's most important architectural professionals. Pidgeon Digital is offering every institution that was due to attend this year's ACSA conference complimentary access whilst physical libraries are closed.
RefWorks is a web-based citation and bibliography tool available to Waterloo students, faculty, staff and alumni that can:
- create and organize a personal online database of references
- format references for bibliographies in your required citation style
- import references from a variety of databases, including the Library catalogue
For assistance, visit our RefWorks guide.
Connect with Musagetes Staff
Musagetes Library Remote Reference
Just need some 1:1 live help from library staff? This is where to come! To help plan ahead, we've created different chat types so we can match staff to your needs - see the descriptions below. To book an MS Teams chat with library staff, visit MS Bookings Musagetes Library Remote Reference Desk.
Drop-in style chats
Available first-come, first-served on Tuesdays from 1:00PM to 2:30PM and Fridays 10:00AM to 11:30AM
- Quick resource question: Got a quick question about accessing library resources like searching on the OMNI catalogue, the Avery Index or just where to start? This is the one you want!
- Getting started with research: Looking for resources for your project, but not sure where to start? Get in touch with Evan or Anne for a quick overview of the best places to start, or to troubleshoot some of the resources that can be challenging to navigate. Up to 5 people can join one appointment of this type, so bring your whole group.
- Quick citation question: Not sure how to cite something using the Chicago Manual of Style in your written work? We can help!
Detailed help and consultations
Book ahead so we can provide detailed, focused help for more in-depth research queries
- Thesis citation question: Sort out tricky citation questions for an unusual or non-standard source, or for many items, as you might have in a MArch thesis.
- GIS and data assistance: Get help with finding GIS data for your project, or help with a software issue with QGIS or ArcGIS.
- Research Consultation I: 30-minute appointment with the Architecture Librarian to formulate a research strategy for your thesis or major research project, or to review specific resources available for your project.
- Research Consultation II: In-depth research consultation normally for graduate students doing thesis research. Book this appointment type after a 30-minute research consultation, or if Evan has suggested that you book a 60-minute appointment after email consultation.
Email Musagetes Library Staff
Email libARCH@library.uwaterloo.ca to connect with the appropriate staff member if you're not sure who to speak with first.
Evan Schilling - Evan is the Architecture Librarian and they are here to help with in-depth research needs and to provide library and research instruction.
Anne Leask - Anne is the Library Associate and is responsible for communication and outreach activities. She provides research and geospatial information system (GIS) assistance.
GIS Co-op - The GIS co-op helps to support GIS needs by providing information on quick resource questions.
Library Assistant Co-op - The library assistant co-op helps provide communication to students on library events on social media and can help with quick resource questions.
Book item request and return
At this time, book item requests and returns to and from the Musagetes Library collection are available to graduate students and faculty only. Access is for Musagetes Library book and periodical stacks. Items located in Musagetes Rare books and periodicals are not included in the book pick-up service, and are not accessible at this time for consultation.
Please visit https://uwaterloo.ca/library/musagetes/services/musagetes-book-pick for current procedures.
For access to items in the Porter and Davis collections, please use https://uwaterloo.ca/library/print-pickup-at-porter.
Online Library Resources for UWaterloo
The assignment planner splits research and writing tasks into efficient stages to meet your specific deadlines.
Online Reference Shelf
The online reference shelf provides information on various resources such as citations, maps, writing assistance and more.
Course reserves is a platform that collaborates with professors to make course readings widely available to students in either print or online formats.
Online Learning Object Repository (OLOR)
The libraries online learning object repository helps students develop professional skills in literacy and research.
If you have any questions about library resources, the ask us page allows you to browse FAQ, email, text, and directly contact a subject librarian. You can also chat with library staff during virtual reference hours using the chat function.