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Architecture: Other Considerations: Legal, Statistical and Technical Sources

This guide presents resources on various aspects of architecture including history, theory, design and technology.


Syracuse University Libraries maintain current copies of both the International and New York State building codes. The current editions are housed in the Architecture Reading Room. MADCAD provides online access. Other code and zoning information is limited. Government sites including city specific sites are excellent sources for additional information such as planning reports.

Working Drawings

The working drawings are an excellent source for studying mechanical systems. Holdings are listed in SUMMIT.

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Good sources for investigating new materials and their properties include the online database, Material ConnexionCheck out the Architecture Reading Room Materials Library page for local holdings of physical samples A number of online sites offer detailed publically accessible information, including: The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Ball State University


Data Sets

Research Data Services: The SU Library Research Data Services offers a broad range of services related to the identification, collection, management, analysis, and curation of quantitative and qualitative research data.

For Reference Assistance please contact Paul Bern: / 315-443-1352


Useful Databases include


PolicyMapTRF PolicyMap is a geographic information system which allows you to easily create custom maps, tables, and charts on topics such as demographics, real estate, crime, money & income, jobs, education, energy, and public investments. Interactive geographic information systems show a visual representation of statistics over different geographic areas. View demographic maps, see crime rates, map real estate trends and more.

SimplyMap - Visualize data about the U.S. population in maps or numeric tables. Explore variables from the U.S. Census Bureau, Nielsen Claritas PRIZM, EASI (“Easy Analytic Life Stage”) and MRI consumer surveys. Measure business types, consumer expenditures, incomes, retail sales, media viewing and brand name preferences, population demographics and crime statistics. 

Social Explorer - Social Explorer allows the researcher to make maps and reports, visually analyze, explore and understand the current and historical demography of the United States. Data goes back to 1940 and can be viewed in map or table form and can be downloaded. A product of Queens College of the City University of New York.