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Historic Preservation Research Guide

Supporting research in architectural history, preservation, documentation, and conservation.

Books Matter

In comparison to articles, books offer more thorough coverage of a topic, draw on a wider range of preexisting scholarship, and often excel in placing an argument in broader thematic and disciplinary context. Consider consulting scholarly books first in your own research. Use them to provide: 

  • helpful introduction and overview of a topic;
  • comprehensive literature review that outlines the major scholars and existing points of view on a topic;
  • detailed study of a topic, usually broken down into manageable chapters;
  • extensive bibliography to guide you toward related works.

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