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Getting Started

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Open the Avery Index in a separate window.


Why Use the Avery Index?

  • Use the Avery Index to locate articles in journals.
  • Subjects covered include: the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, furniture, and interior design and decoration in more than 700 international magazines.
  • Time span: 1934 – current; selective coverage back to 1741.
  • Does it have full-text? No, but Avery can help you connect to full-text articles.



screenshot of the search interface of the Avery Index

A) Advanced Search makes it easy to perform field-specific searches (keyword, author, title), to create Boolean queries (AND, OR, NOT), and to limit or refine your searches.

B) Vertical columns are separated by Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT)

C) The horizontal line of search boxes performs OR searches

D) Limit searches to specific parts of article records.  The most useful are:

  • Anywhere: searches for your terms anywhere in the record, aka keyword
  • Subject/artist-SU: when looking for a specific topic or designer


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Using AND, OR, NOT

Creating Relationships Between Words: AND, OR, NOT (Boolean Operators)


Boolean Operators in Avery
 use this term  to do this
AND NARROW search and retrieve records with ALL of the words it separates.
OR BROADEN search and retrieve records with ANY of the words it separates.
NOT NARROW search and retrieve records that do NOT contain the word following it.


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Using Truncation

Using Truncation

Truncate a search term using an * (asterisk) to broaden your search to include all forms of a root word. For example: hous* finds house, houses, housing.

TIP: When looking for forms of a commonly used term such as, buil*, which finds built, build, builds, building, buildings, the truncation symbol may retrieve too many irrelevant articles.  To retrieve a list of more targeted citations, use the Boolean Operator “OR” to link the forms of the word you want to use. For example, building OR buildings..


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Search Results Display

Search Results Display

screenshot showing a typical search results in the Avery Index

A) Article is available in this publication (e.g., Landscape architecture)

B) Details: click here to find out more about the article

C) Is the article available full-text? Do the Penn State Libraries own the journal? Click Get it! to find out.

D) CIte, email, print, more,,,. information about your articles with these options above the list of articles.


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Finding Illustrations, Elevations, Plans, etc.

Finding Illustrations, Elevations, Plans, etc.

screenshot showing the Document Features option in the Avery Index

Select your options from the Document feature box before you perform your search. Choose as many as you like. Options are:


Aerial photos
Axonometric drawings
Computer drawings




Isometric drawings




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Searching Across Subject Areas

Searching Across Subject Areas

screenshot showing showing step one in order to search across subject areas in the ProQuest database group.

In order to search across multiple Subject Areas, click on All databases in the upper left corner.



screenshot showing showing step two in order to search across subject areas in the ProQuest database group.

A) After the screen changes, click on the Databases link at the top of the screen to show all of the available databases.

B) You can also choose View by Name to find the databases you want.

C) Or you can choose View by Subject to find the databases you want.

The following databases are good general choices:

The Arts databases
-- ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)‎ 
-- International Bibliography of Art (IBA)‎

Science & Technology databases
-- Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management‎
-- NTIS Database (National Technical Information Service)‎


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