Search Tools (general)

  • Arcade: New York Art Resource Consortium
    Arcade combines material and cultural history documents from the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum, making 800,000 visual and textual records available for public use.
  • Archiportal
    This mashup of Google Maps and Freebase – an open and collaborative database of the world’s knowledge – allows a user to search by location or by architect and view the information plotted on a map.
  • Ask.com
    Search engine with web, image, and map search capabilities.
  • Association of College & Research Libraries Internet Resources -- The History of Early Photography
    Compiled by Ellen Bahr, this list on the ACRL website incorporates a number of websites that link to collections comprised of different media to present chronological, material, typological and biographic histories of photography.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    The Index contains records describing articles in over 1,000 periodicals in the field of architecture and related disciplines.
  • CAMEO
    CAMEO is a searchable encyclopedia developed at the Conservation and Collections Management Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the conservation, preservation, and production of artistic, architectural, and archaeological materials.
  • Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project
    The Council of Independent Colleges has developed the Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP), a database that organizes university sites by type, style, designer, function and time period. This database currently includes information for campus master plans, buildings and landscapes at nearly 400 institutions of higher learning.
  • Digital Copyright Slider
    An easy to navigate tool which allows one to determine whether or not a work is in the public domain
  • FlickrStorm
    This site provides access to Flickr images, which are presented as square thumbnails. You can create your own cart, and an "advanced" feature filters images by license types, including Creative Commons.
  • Fundoo Web
    This search engine incorporates results from Yahoo!, Flickr, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Answers, Amazon, and Yahoo! Maps.
  • Google
  • Idée Labs
    Idée Labs has created image search tools including the Multicolour Search Lab that utilizes up to ten different colors to access images in both Alamy and Flickr. Two additional search tools access images in Alamy including the tag-based Visual Search Lab, and image-based BYO Image Search Lab.
  • INFOMINE
    Built by librarians, INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and other types of information
  • Intute
    Database of Architecture resources which have been selected, evaluated and described by subject specialists for a target audience of lecturers, researchers and students within higher education.
  • LIFE Photo Archive
    Google has made millions of images available online from the LIFE photo archive
  • Multicolour Search Lab
    Browse images from Flickr based on a palette of up to ten colors. Created by Idée Labs.
  • PanImages
    This site searches Google Images and Flickr in hundreds of languages using automatic query translation.
  • Technical Service Advisory for Images
    This site features helpful tools, strategies, and websites for finding images online.
  • TicTOCs
    hat provides free RSS feeds to over 11,864 Scholarly Journal table of contents (TOC) pages, including many architecture and planning journals.
  • TinEye
    TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where and how that image appears on the web, or to find modified or edited versions.
  • Topix
    This search engine allows you to find current news topics in newspapers and blogs from around the world, and you can use the advanced search to restrict the coverage to certain dates.
  • University of Texas Libraries
    Homepage for the University of Texas at Austin library system.
  • UTNetCAT
    Web-browsable online catalog of the University of Texas at Austin, accesses six million items, including books, journals, Internet resources, microfilm, maps, music scores, audio and video recordings.
  • Visual Thesaurus
    This interactive dictionary and thesaurus maps relationships between words and encourages exploration and discovery.
  • Whonu
    As one of the first "semantic web" search engines available, it offers 300 search sources and contextualizes what you enter. For example, a search for a zip code will list maps, weather maps, and even public events in Google Calendar.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    With content that is created and maintained by volunteers, Wikimedia Commons provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts.