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Reference Resources

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Artstor and Shared Shelf [Digital images]
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Dates: ancient - present.
Subjects: Architecture, floor plans, sections, elevations, interior architecture, painting, sculpture, drawings, furniture, textiles, landscape architecture, and gardens.
Types of digital files: Still images, audio, 3d, and panorama (QTVR) files.
Sources: Museums, books, journals, archives, vendors, and donations. Updated daily.

Building Green Suite [Full Text, Images, Illustrations, Bibliographies, and a Blog]
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Dates: coverage varies per database; Environmental Building News: 1992 - present.
Subjects: Sustainable design products and practices
Sources: Online access to the GreenSpec directory of green building products, case studies from the High Performance Buildings database, and online access to all of the archives of Environmental Building News. Real-time event coverage is available through a blog.

Chicago Manual of Style
Dates: 2003 - 2010 [15th and 16th editions].
Subjects: Authoritative guidance for creating citations, scope has been expanded to include electronic publications and web-based content.
Sources: Fully searchable text of the printed 15th and 16th printed editions with added features including a quick citation guide.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition [Full Text, Images, Maps, Bibliographies, and Video Clips]
Dates: ancient to present.
Subjects: General reference encyclopedia, dictionary, and yearbook.
Sources: Includes the complete print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica Intermediate as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It is updated weekly.

Kanopy Streaming [Streaming Films]
Dates: Documentary films from the 1950's to the present.
Subjects: Architecture, design, visual art, and environmental sciences.
Sources: Independent film companies and PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)

Oxford Art Online [Full Text, Images, Illustrations, and Bibliographies]
Dates: ancient to present.
Subjects: Art, architecture, and landscape architecture.
Sources: Scholarly print-based art encyclopedia [Grove Art Online] covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art and architecture. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, biographical links to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art. There are three update periods per year.

Oxford English Dictionary
Dates: 1861 - present.
Subjects: Authority on the English language.
Sources: The printed Oxford English Dictionary. Every three months the database updates; revising existing entries and adding new words.

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition [Maps]
Dates: 1867-1970.
Subjects: Historical Sanborn® fire insurance maps of Massachusetts towns searchable by location and GPS coordinates. Includes street patterns, lot lines, and building use and height.
Sources: Sanborn Map Company maps held by Chadwyck-Healey as microfilm and scanned into digital images by ProQuest CSA.