It surveys more than 700 U.S. and foreign journals, 75% of which are not indexed in any other source. It covers not only the international scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also the publications of professional associations, U.S. state and regional periodicals, and major serial publications in the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Coverage of the literature goes back to the 1930s, with selected coverage going back to the 1860s. The Avery also includes the Burnham Index, which covers 214 serial publication from the 1830s to the mid-1960s.
The Avery Index is the only comprehensive American index to the literature of architecture and architectural design.