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What is the Architectural Digest Archive?
The Architectural Digest Archive presents an extensive collection of the famed international design magazine from its early issues in the 1920s through 2011, in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. Published monthly by Condé Nast, the magazine has enjoyed a longstanding reputation as the definitive source for architects and interior designers as well as for everyday design enthusiasts. Each issue features beautiful photography and information on architecture and interior design, art and antiques, travel destinations, and extraordinary products.

The cover-to-cover format means each issue is presented in its entirety, including the front and back covers as well as all articles and advertisements contained in the original publication. Everything has been indexed with relevant subject terms to ensure that researchers can quickly and accurately find what they are looking for. The Architectural Digest Archive will be valuable to both researchers of architecture and interior design and those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture.

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The product description states that the collection contains "early issues." Does the archive contain Volume 1/Issue 1?
Volume1/Issue1 is not available at the time of release in February 2016. We are working with the publisher to source all of the issues that were published. The earliest issues were published infrequently and are extremely rare today. EBSCO's goal, as well as the publisher's, is to have a complete run of the magazine in our cover-to-cover format, fully indexed and searchable.

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What's the difference between the PDF and HTML full text? Where are the images of the issues located?
The PDF full text contains the full color images of each issue of the magazine. The PDFs can be downloaded, just as in any other EBSCO database. The HTML full text contains just the plain text from each article without the images. While PDF is the most desirable full text for most of our users, the HTML full text is useful for quickly reviewing the text of an article without navigating the PDF viewer and for ease of copying/pasting quotations for research. Some databases on EBSCOhost do offer images within the HTML full text, but the Architectural Digest Archive does not.

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Why aren't my searches picking up some of the keywords in advertisements?
While all of the advertisements in each issue are subject to the same Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process to render the text searchable, sometimes stylistic and design elements in an advertisement, such as stylized fonts or graphics, can obscure plain text can cause the OCR process to not accurately render characters or text. This, fortunately, does not happen often and when it does, it usually only skews a small number of characters on a page.

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My search isn't returning as many hits as I think it should. Is there anything I can do?
Yes! Please be sure to select the "All Text" option on the Advanced Search page. A search without this option selected will only search key metadata points, such as article title and subject terms, in order to avoid an oversized result list with records that are not relevant.

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Sample Searches

Advertisements

  • Enter the company name "BMW" to reveal nearly 150 advertisements dating back to 1973.
  • Click on "PDF Full Text" on any of the records from the 1970s and 1980s to reveal the full color presentation of the company's iconic full-page advertisements.
  • The succession of these advertisements from the mid 1970s through the early 1980s reveals the efforts of BMW to establish itself as a premier luxury car maker.

Feature Walkthrough

  • Enter “carpet” in the search box and click Search. You will receive several results.
  • Open Subject facet on the side to show top subject facets with article counts.
  • Click Show More under that facet list and scroll down demonstrating the hit counts and topics available.
  • Click to activate the check box on Oriental Rugs. Click Update to focus result list.
  • Click on Advanced Search under the search box. Go to Document type in the lower right and select “Advertisement”. Click Search to focus result list. All your results will show advertisements for Oriental rugs.
  • Click the result titled, “Pashgian Bros.” Note that the advertisement itself has been indexed both by business name and type of product or service. Click PDF Full Text on the upper left to demonstrate pdf viewer appearance. Show the Table of contents list on the upper right that allows users to view other articles in the current issue – click to another article to demonstrate.
  • Click on Choose another issue. It will open and display the years available. Click on 1966. Show how the issues are listed (scroll slightly so they can see the other issues).
  • Select Vol. 23 Issue 1 – Jun1966. The magazine cover will come up. Click page marker “6-10” under Full-Text Contents. Select “Rosedown” That the . . . Scroll through a few pages to show the historic content in full color original form.

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