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British Country Houses, Gardens, and Castles: Finding Books at the YCBA

This page is intended to guide users through the resources needed to study Castles, Country Houses and Gardens of England, Scotland and Wales.

Research Strategies

Browse the Stacks - When you have located a book from the reccomended book lists of this guide or directly from Orbis try browsing in the stacks. This can sometimes help you find resources that you didn't realize you needed.

Use Bibliographies - Don’t forget to use the bibliographies and footnotes found in the books and articles you are using. They can often point you to other resources of interest.

Use the Vertifical Files - In Orbis these files are marked with  a “V” with a series of numbers following. These useful files are stored behind the Reference desk. There are many pamphlets, brochures, research papers, etc. that could pertain to your research.

Can't find what you need?

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find a book or article at Yale? Use our free Interlibrary Loan service and we'll get it for you from another library.


Search WorldCat for books in other libraries. Use the "Borrow this item from another library (Interlibrary Loan)" link to get books from other libraries.

Finding Books

Search Yale's online catalogue,Orbis, for approximately 13 million volumes located across the University Library system.

Oftentimes a successful search strategy uses both keyword searching and subject searching:

  • Do a keyword search to find materials on your topic.
  • Once you have located one resource of interest for your research, look at the subject heading(s) to determine which one best matches your topic.
  • Now do a new search for material on your topic using an exact subject heading as a subject search.

Consider using alternate search terms such as:

      "Abbey", "Castle", "Court", "Fort" "Hall", "House", "Manor", "Palace", "Park", "Place", "Tower"

See the individual tabs for Castles and Royal Residences, Country Houses and Gardens and Landscape Design for a list of reccomended books by topic to get you started with your research.

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