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Architecture & Interior Design Research Guide

Research Methods

1. Define the research problem.

2. Create a list of terms that describe your topic. Continually update, refine, narrow

Example:   topic: sustainable architecture

other terms: green architecture, green design, architecture and energy conservation, architecture - environmental aspects

3. Keep track of sources: databases you've consulted, citations of books and articles

4. Locate resources from a variety of sources

library catalog
indexes and databases: online and print
bibliographies and footnotes in books and articles
identify researchers/experts in the topic area, search those authors' works
reference books
talk to your professors

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