The Architecture Library houses valuable resources that will enhance your research and study of Sacred Architecture. This guide will show you step-by-step how to conduct your research and, more specifically, how to search for information on Gothic Cathedrals.
Beginning your research:
First choose the building you wish to research. Explore your topic and develop a strategy for finding information. What are the most important aspects? These ideas become your 'keywords' to search with. For researching an architect, the architect’s name is your keyword. For researching a style or movement, that name would be the keyword to start with. It is important to start broadly and then to narrow your search process.
It is helpful to create a chart that describes all aspects of what you are looking for.
Example: Searching for a specific building
Architect's Name: Leon Battista Alberti
Building Name: Malatesta Temple
Alternate Names: Tempio Malatestiano, Church of San Francesco at Rimini
Location: Rimini, Italy
Associated Names: Sigismondo Malatesta (patron), Pope Pius II, Isotta degli Atti
Associated Architects/Artists: Matteo de'Pasti, Piero della Francesca, Agostino di Duccio
Other Keywords: engaged columns, triumphal arch
Once you have your keywords follow these steps: