These databases provide extensive coverage of architecture:
A Google Scholar search produces results from books and academic/peer-reviewed journals.
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Presidential Towers under construction (detail), 1984. C. William Brubaker Collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. Image ID: bru004_05_tF
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These journal article databases cover multiple subjects including architecture:
Published in print until 2013, the RIBA Architectural Publications Index (API) is now part of the online RIBA Library Catalogue, an internationally recognized resource for architecture research. The Catalogue indexes articles from approximately 300 architecture journals from around the world, as well as books, drawings and photographs.