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LAND 2004: History of Landscape Architecture (Greenwood)

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This guide is designed to help you with the research for your assignments in LAND 2004.  The sections of this guide include:

Additionally, there are related research guides listed that may help with your research.

There is also a tab on citations, with resources to help you properly cite all ideas that are not your own.

If you have questions please email your ENVD Librarian Emily, or request a research consultation with a librarian

Site and Designer Research

Information about sites and designers / design teams can be found in a variety of sources, plus you'll want to find a variety of sources to integrate different information and perspectives into analysis. 

The age of your site also impacts what kind of information might be available, so you'll also want to think critically about your site, when it was created, and what sources are relevant to that time period.


You can find books about:

  • time periods 
  • styles
  • regions / locations
  • some designers / design teams
  • some specific sites

If you don't find a book about your specific site or designer / design team, you may find a chapter or section of a book about your specific site or designer / design team. So broaden your search to a specific period, style, or region to find books that may include information on your site.


Reference Sources

Landscape, architecture, and design focused encyclopedias may include entries on your site, designer, or time period / style / region.



Scholarly articles include research and analysis on various aspects of a site or designer written by scholars.

Magazine or trade journal articles are written for an audience of professionals working in architecture, landscape, and design fields.

The databases below are good places to find landscape design articles. Articles tend to be about more specific topics than books, so you might find articles about a specific site, but consider also searching the names of designers / design teams, time periods, styles, and regions. 

Find Images and Plans

Image Databases

Images and Plans in Magazines and Journals

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Images and Plans in Books

Books may contain images and plans of your site. Remember, if you may find a book on your specific site or your specific designer / design team, but you many want to look for books on the:

  • time period 
  • style
  • region / location

of your site. Try several searches, and try browsing through several books.


You can also browse Landscape architecture Designs and plans books in the Library Catalog.

Context and Concept Research

To research the social, cultural and historical context related to your site and designer, as well as concepts related to landscape design, search for books, scholarly articles, and newspaper articles (including historic newspapers from the period in which the site was designed and constructed).

Consider searching place names, groups of people, or specific time periods.