Key databases

These databases contain academic journals and magazine articles and some images.

Most useful databases =

The most relevant open resources are those from RIBA.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Good for architecture and interior design. Index of journal articles, newspapers and popular magazines covering a wide range of subjects.
    Guide to EBSCO Cross-Searching

  • Art Full Text
    Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Motion Pictures. Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from peer reviewed scholarly periodicals published throughout the world.

  • Business Source Complete
    Contains business full text journals e.g. Building Design weekly newspaper, various building publications+ The Economist Intelligence Unit provides some country reports.

  • GreenFILE
    Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment, including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing, abstracts and full text articles to huge number of resources.

  • IngentaConnect Complete
    Good for architecture, art, interiors, design and film studies.  

  • JSTOR Arts and Sciences 1 and 3
    Access to journal articles (mainly historic) on a wide range of subjects including architecture and interior design. Digital archive of core scholarly journals starting with the very first issues. For the most recent three to five years you will need to use other services. Help sheet.

  • LexisLibrary
    Great for trade press and newspaper articles. Click on the News tab, then you can go straight to a newspaper search for your keyword/phrase or use the Industry, Subject, Region filters.

  • Sage Journals Online
    A discipline-specific research databases of the most popular peer-reviewed journals in Urban Studies & Planning. (Access to subscribed journals only.)

  • ScienceDirect
    Excellent for materials science, research for architecture and interior design. Includes indexes, abstracts and full text articles in pdf format some including images. Journals include Cement + Concrete Research, Materials and Design and Geotextiles + Geomembranes. We also have one e-book “Compostable Polymer Materials”.

  • Taylor and Francis Open Journals
    Good for planning, transport and urban studies. The articles in these journals receive both rigorous peer review and expedited online publication e.g. International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials​, Materials Research Letters​, Regional Studies, Regional Science.

    Provides access to the national British Library Electronic Table of Contents of their large collection of current journals and conference proceedings. Covers many subjects including architecture, interior design, building, environment, planning, urban studies and art and design. 
    Please note this resource does not provide full text online directly. You may need to check our London Met university catalogue to check availability and access full text for either the print and/or e-journal article.
  • Digimap(maps)
    This consists of Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping for England, Wales and Scotland. There are two parts, ‘ROAM’ and ‘ANCIENT ROAM’ (Historic Digimap). With Digimap you can view, annotate and print maps from a variety of geospatial data providers, download geospatial data in a variety of formats for use in CAD and GIS systems and access Help. Register here.
  • BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National (film, film clips, television and radio)
    Good for interior design, style trends, architecture and the cinema. It is a shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels.

  • Credo (reference, tools, audio pronunciations, mind map and images)
    This is a reliable reference resource. Broad topics on art, architecture, biography of artists, architects, interior designers and designers, ecology, environmental studies, philosophy, literature including dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopaedias, quotations and atlases. It also includes visuals, cross-referencing through multidisciplinary areas and useful mind map app.

  • Bridgeman Library (images)
    Visual images database of the Bridgeman Art Library. Comprehensive guide to content from international museums, galleries, historic houses, private collections, photographers and artists extends far beyond European and Western art to Asia and the Middle east, the African and Australasian continents, the Americas and even the Arctic.

  • WGSN
    WSGN an online news and information and ‘on trend’ fashion images service for the fashion and style industries including fashion forecasting, design, company profiles and news items on e-commerce, finance, advertising and marketing.
  • Westlaw
    Full text of UK, and International cases, legislation, journals and legal reference material. It now includes Legal Journals Index of UK law journals and USA cases and materials are now available including intellectual property, construction, building and environmental law.
    Help video.

  • Lexis Library (includes newspapers)
    Full text of legislation, All England Law Reports & Case searches, journals, commentary, legal reference materials such as Halsbury's, Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, many practitioner texts and huge range of UK regional and national newspaper titles. Help with Lexis news search form.

  • Construction Information Service(standards, Eurocodes, regulations)
    CIS from IHS, provides access to British Standards, Eurocodes, RIBA publications, legislation and other guidance information related to construction in addition Specify-It, coverage of trade product catalogues covering the construction, engineering and National Building Specification (NBS) Building Regulations approved documents. Also includes access to Architects Journal (AJ), AJBL, Steel Construction Institute and Concrete Society publications and BIM.
  • Planning Architecture and Design Database Ireland (paddi) 
    Paddi is a free bibliographic database which aims to provide wide access to information on all aspects of the built environment and environmental planning in Ireland, north and south. The time period covered is 12th century to the present, but the majority of items date from the mid-20th century onwards.

  • RIBA Online Library Catalogue
    Important free searchable database containing bibliographic information with abstracts from the British Architectural Library Index at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). Includes books, slides, films and exhibition catalogues as well as journal articles. Contains a bibliographic database of architects.  

    Please note this resource does not provide full text online directly. You may need to check our London Met university catalogue to check availability and access full text for either the print and/or e-journal article. 

    Please use this tutorial to RIBA’s online catalogue. 

  • RIBApix (images)
    Huge collection of digital images of architecture and photography collections in Lo-resolution which can be downloaded for non-commercial private study or research Lo-resolution Images can be downloaded for non-commercial private study or research.
  • Digital Urban Blog
    Andrew Hudson-Smith is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Manager at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA); he is Editor-in-Chief of Future Internet Journal and author of this blog which was recently voted one of the Top 5 Web 2.0 Blogs by PC Pro Magazine.
    The main topics of his research involve developing visual techniques for urban planning, three dimensional city visualisations and public participation by means of web-based systems utilising GIS and CAD.
    New Scientist, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 feature his work.  Recent projects include MapTube, TalesofThings and SurveyMapper, D-Maps.

    This site contains 5944 free outline maps of countries and regions, in various versions (blank, with rivers, with towns, with administrative units etc) , each one in 6 graphic formats, vector and raster (GIF, PDF, CDR, SVG, AI,WMF). 

  • FIND, the UK’s most advanced online mapping website, has launched an exclusive London Building Heights map.
    • Average estimated height of building (in metres)
    • Estimated maximum height of building (in metres)
    • Area of building footprint (in sq m) based on Ordnance Survey MasterMap (on Digimap)
    • Estimated average volume of the building (in cubic metres)
    • We have calculated the predicted number of commercial floors for each building using the assumption that an average storey height is 3.6 m
    • We have calculated the predicted number of residential floors for each building using the assumption that an average storey height is 2.8 m

  • Geograph® Britain and Ireland project
    The Geograph® Britain and Ireland project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland. All photographic submissions are licensed by the original submitter under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence granting everyone the rights to use the image for any purpose (including commercial use), as long as credit is given to the copyright holder and that derivative works use the same licence.

  •  Go-Geo!
    The place to discover geospatial information and services for those in education and research in the UK.

  • Old Maps Online
    The project will construct a search portal for finding online historical maps based on locality and period. Currently users must visit individual library websites and search their map catalogue, often via publication information or sometimes by typing in co-ordinates.

  • Historic Digimap or Ancient Roam describes itself as "View historical Ordnance Survey maps from the 1840s to the 1990s. Search by place name, postcode, national grid reference or click on an interactive map. Zoom and pan between locations and time periods. Find your area and then find what maps are available. Single-click on the map will give information about the map sheet viewed. View two maps from different time periods simultaneously. Ancient Roam is available to any user in a subscribing institution and their maps are free alongside Digimap Roam.
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