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Architecture - Precedents and Case Studies

Case Studies

Digital Plan Resources*

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Building Types Online (*trial paid for through Oct. 14, 2017)

Building Types Online is a resource for the study and practice of architectural design. It includes a large collection of case studies, architectural drawings, and photographs, as well as articles on specific aspects of individual building types.

Please send positive or negative feedback on BTO to Architecture Librarian Jesse Vestermark ( to aid in making a decision on whether this is worthwhile resource to carry permanently through Kennedy Library.




ARTstor is a searchable database of digital images and associated catalog data accommodating images from all time periods, cultures, and disciplines.


*Provided through Kennedy Library subscriptions and available to registered Cal Poly students and faculty.


OneSearch features an intuitive, mobile-friendly interface that makes it easy to find, cite, save, and share books, ebooks, ejournals, articles, and streaming video from the CSU Libraries.  Start from the main search box on the library homepage:


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OneSearch includes CSU+, a new book sharing system for the entire CSU. Through CSU+, students and faculty will have direct access to over 29 million books held by the CSU Libraries; they can request a book from any other campus to be delivered to their home campus within 2-3 days.


Kennedy Library has four large flatbed scanners on the 2nd floor in the back.

 library scanning stations

Citation and Credit Lines

For Chicago Manual of Style citation guidelines, consult the tips on the OWL at Purdue's handy website.

guidelines for crediting plansguidelines for citing photos