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Architectural Studies: Historic Preservation - Oakland Campus: Historic Preservation Research

This guide was created to assist students doing historic preservation research at the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus.

According to The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, "[h]istoric preservation services embrace a range of activities that include preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction."

We have many resources in our library system to help you begin or continue your historic preservation research project. We hope that the resources and search tips that we point to and provide in this guide will serve as starting points.

Subject Headings

Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases that classify materials.  To perform a subject search using one of the subject headings listed below, follow these steps:

  1. Go to homepage
  2. Click the PittCat Classic tab 
  3. Select Subject Heading from the dropdown menu
  4. Enter "Historic Preservation" for example 
  5. Click Enter 

Subject Headings - General: 

  • Historic Preservation
  • Historic Preservation--International Cooperation
  • Historic Preservation--Law and Legislation--United States
  • Buildings --Repair and Reconstruction
  • Historic Sites--Conservation and Restoration
  • Architecture--Conservation and Restoration
  • Cultural Property
  • Cultural Policy
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)--Buildings, Structures, etc

Finding Articles

Through our library system, students and faculty have access to many Art and Architecture Databases. The following databases would be the most helpful when doing historic preservation related research. 

Finding Newspaper Articles

To learn how to access newspapers through Pitt's library system, take a look at this library guide:

Searching WorldCat

If there is a book or other resource that our library system does not own, and if that book is unavailable through E-Z Borrow, WorldCat is a great option for searching libraries worldwide, who you can request the book from, have it sent to Pitt, and borrow it for a short amount of time. 

One great way to search WorldCat for resources would be to compare subject headings by searching the same subject headings contained within our catalog that you used previously to search for materials in our library.