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Historic Preservation: Home

This guide is intended to help you find both print and online historic preservation resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, April Sheppard, at

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Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.

Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.


All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The call numbers for historic preservation are spread throughout the library. Here are some of the main areas you will find books:

CC135 - CC137 - Preservation, restoration, and conservation of antiquities
E159 - Historic Preservation (United States)
K4310 - Historic preservation--Law and legislation
NA105 - NA108 - Architecture and Buildings. Preservation and Restoration

Call numbers reflect the subject of the book, for example: Place, race, and story : essays on the past and future of historic preservation (E159 .K38 2009) vs. Historic preservation for a living city : Historic Charleston Foundation, 1947-1997 (F279.C447 W49 2000). The first book with an "E" call number is about the United States in general while the second book with the "F" call number is specifically about Charleston, South Carolina.


Occasionally a totally different call number will appear. For example, Restoring women's history through historic preservation has a call number of HQ1410 .R47 2003. This means this book is more about women than historic preservation and higher importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned. This does not mean that it wouldn't be a great book for your topic!


Databases with green All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affiliated with A-State to view the article or on the A-State campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Digital Delivery.

To view all our History databases, click here.

To view all our databases, click here.


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Historic preservation covers a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • Antiquities
  • Case Studies
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Equipment
  • Film
  • Heritage
  • Historic
  • History
  • Memory
  • Oral
  • Paper
  • Photos
  • Preservation
  • Protection
  • Restoration
  • Sites
  • Techniques
  • Tools
  • Video

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

Prevervation AND "historic sites"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.