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Research resources

Use the library catalogue to find online and print resources.

Subject guides

Waterloo has dozens of research guides to help get you started with your research. Check out these guides we've created for architecture students:

Research databases

Waterloo students have access to hundreds of research and article databases. Off campus? You can get access from anywhere.

  • 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. 


Print and electronic versions of Master's of Architecture theses can be discovered in the library catalogue. Most theses are also available to download from Waterloo's Institutional Repository.

Print theses are generally non-circulating, but can be borrowed by graduate students for a two-week period.

Citation management

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.