Use this guide to find materials pertinent to researching information for your thesis.
Welcome to the course guide for Dr. Bassett's Research Methods in Architecture class. In this session I will demonstrate library resources that will be useful for you in identifying journal articles, books, and images as well as preparing your bibliography for your thesis.
The RESEARCH 101 TUTORIALS will provide you with background information about how to use the library such as logging in to the library webpage from off campus, using Find It!, searching three basic databases, etc. If you are new to using the library, need a refresher, or want to learn about a few important new resoources like Find It! in the library, it would be best to review these tutorials prior to coming to the library for your instruction session.
Think about your topic. Brainstorm. What are some possible subject terms you could use to search for resources about your topic? Try them. Review your results. Are you finding what you need?
Here is a basic check-list of "things to do" when conducting research:
- Obtain a RefWorks account
Obtain a RefWorks account so that you can manage your citation information for your research project. Access tutorials to learn more about RefWorks.
- Search USF Libraries Catalog
Look here for books, journals, media and other materials the library may have about your topic.
- Search the Architecture databases
Identify and search appropriate dance databases for your topic.
- Search WorldCat
Search WorldCat to identify additional resources owned by other libraries that may be useful for your research.
- Know about Interlibrary Loan
Obtain materials you have identified that are important for your research and the library does not have in its collection. We can borrow for your free of charge from another library.
- Refer to Citing Sources
Use this page to find out information about how to cite sources using the Chicago Manual of Style.
- Go to the Writing Center
The Writing Center offers assistance to any student who wants to improve his or her writing skills. It is a place for writers of all skill levels to take chances, ask questions, and further develop their writing abilities.