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Rhode Island School of Design

Landscape Architecture

This guide is meant to assist Landscape Architecture students in their thesis research.


Welcome to the Landscape Architecture Research Guide. This guide covers a wide range of available resources such as useful books, links, and digital resources to complete assignments and conduct research.

This guide will help you begin your research. Keep in mind that research is an iterative process; it will build on itself and is often better accomplished in multiple small steps. Landscape Architecture is an interdisciplinary area of study so some resources might seem more relevant than others. This guide cannot list all possible resources, but it is a good place to start. If you have more questions or need additional help, just ask! There are librarians available to help you find answers.


Exploring Theses

One of the best ways to learn about what other artists have done is by viewing and studying the graduate thesis projects of past RISD students. To search the catalog for Landscape Architecture Theses click here.

There is also a Graduate Theses Index for Landscape Architecture. This will allow you to explore theses by specific parameters and terms.

Key Texts

The Art of Browsing

Here are some helpful tips:

Books in the RISD Fleet Library are organized by topic using Library of Congress classification system. Landscape Architecture is a broad topic and intersects with different areas. The main areas to browse are in SB Plant Culture, NA Architecture, and HT Communities, Classes. Races. You can browse the collection digitally by clicking on the following links: SB [Plant Culture], NA [Architecture], and HT [Communities, Classes. Races]. If you are interested in browsing the shelves, you can use this map and these call number ranges as a guide:

SB 1-1110 Plant Culture

SB 71-87 History
SB 109.7-111 Methods for special areas Including cold regions, dry farming, tropical agriculture
SB 112 Irrigation farming
SB 113.2-118.46 Seeds. Seed technology
SB 126 Artificial light gardening
SB 126.5-126.57 Hydroponics. Soilless agriculture
SB 317.5-319.864 Horticulture. Horticultural crops

SB 320-353.5 Vegetables
SB 354-402 Fruit and fruit culture
SB 381-386 Berries and small fruits
SB 387-399 Grape culture. Viticulture
SB 401 Nuts

SB 403-450.87 Flowers and flower culture. Ornamental plants

SB 414.6-417 Greenhouses and greenhouse culture
SB 418-418.4 Container gardening
SB 419-419.3 Indoor gardening and houseplants
SB 419.5 Roof gardening. Balcony gardening
SB 421-439.8 Classes of plants Including annuals, climbers, ferns, lawns, perennials, shrubs

SB 450.9-467.8 Gardens and gardening
SB 469-(476.4) Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
SB 481-486 Parks and public reservations Including theory, management, history
SB 599-990.5 Pests and diseases

NA 1-9428 Architecture

NA 1-60 General

NA 100-130 Architecture and the state
NA190-1555.5 History
NA 1995 Architecture as a profession
NA 2000-2320 Study and teaching Research
NA 2335-2360 Competitions
NA 2400-2460 Museums. Exhibitions
NA 2500-2599 General works
NA 2599.5-2599.9 Architectural criticism
NA 2695-2793 Architectural drawing and design
NA 2835-4050 Details and decoration
NA 4100-8480 Special classes of buildings
NA 4100-4145 Classed by material
NA 4150-4160 Classed by form
NA 4170-8480 Classed by use
NA 4170-(7020) Public buildings
NA 4590-5621 Religious architecture
NA 7100-7884 Domestic architecture. Houses. Dwellings
NA 7910-8125 Clubhouses, guild houses, etc.
NA 8200-8260 Farm architecture
NA 8300-8480 Outbuildings, gates, fences, etc.
NA 9000-9428. Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying

HT 51-1595 Communities, Classes. Races

HT 51-65 Human settlements. Communities
HT 101-395 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology

HT 161-165 Garden cities.
HT 165.5-169.9 City planning
HT 170-178 Urban renewal. Urban redevelopment
HT 201-221 City population
Including children in cities, immigration
HT 231 Effect of city life
HT 251-265 Mental and moral life
HT 281 Recreation. Amusements
HT 321-325 The city as an economic factor. City promotion
HT 330-334 Metropolitan areas
HT 351-352 Suburban cities and towns
HT 361-384 Urbanization. City and country
HT 388 Regional economics. Space in economics
HT 390-395 Regional planning

HT 401-485 Rural groups. Rural sociology
HT 601-1445 Classes
HT 1501-1595 Races


For SUBJECT searches try:

Plant communities

Landscape Architecture

Landscape construction

Landscape design

Landscaping industry

Women in landscape architecture


For KEYWORD searches, you can either use terms or use phrases. An example: when searching for water gardens in the catalog try gardens AND water or "water gardens" as searches and see what you can find.


Additional Resources

Citation Managment

Requesting an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If the Fleet, Brown or the Athenaeum libraries doesn't have what you are looking for, you can request materials from other libraries! Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a library privilege that allows the Fleet Library to "check out" materials that we don't have from other libraries. If we don't have something you need you can request it through ILL and we will look to see if we can borrow it from another library.

Through ILL you can request:

    CDs, Musical Scores

Request an Item Now


You can request items through Fleet search when you see this option below an item.


If you'd like help, please contact the Reference Desk, 401-709-5902 |

Renewing Books Online

Step 1.

Step 2.  Log In

  • Your Name: Type in your name as it appears on the front of your RISD ID
  • Barcode: Type in the 14-digit barcode number on the back of your RISD ID ( It starts with 3444400...)







Step 3. Sort Items by

  • Due Date
  • Renew Marked
  • or Renew All  

New due dates will appear in red

Fantastic, you're done!

Have questions? Contact the Circulation & Reserve Desk | 401 709-5901

Brown University Libraries

RISD faculty, staff, and students have access to and borrowing privileges at Brown Libraries. You must have a current RISD ID for access. Be sure your account is active with RISD's Fleet Library.

Brown Visiting Policy

RISD students, staff and faculty may visit Brown's libraries daily until 10:00 PM. RISD community members will need to sign-in at the Circulation Desk.

Database Access

RISD community members can only access Brown's Databases on-site. You can search and download from Brown's databases using their public computers. The public computers are on the 2nd floor of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. If you have questions ask at the Circulation Desk for help.


RISD community members can borrow up to 5 books for 4 weeks.


Unfortunately, RISD print cards don't work at Brown. However, Brown uses a print card system similar to RISD's. You'll need to purchase a Brown print card to use with their system. You can purchase print cards at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library or Sciences Library.

Brown has subject librarians who have advanced education and experience in a particular subject or academic discipline. If you find that your area of research is very specific and you are having trouble find information or resources you can contact a subject librarian and make a research appointment.


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