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Architecture: 48-026: First Year Seminar: Guide

Questionnaire -- review as needed

Frame the Topic for Research

  • What is the relevant discipline? Is it multidisciplinary? Is it interdisciplinary? 
  • keywords
  • concepts/phrases

Investigate the Topic via the Internet

Investigate the Topic via the Library

Investigate the topic at the library

  • Find print books that you have identified using the Books & More search

  • Find print books by browsing the shelves by call number

    Listed below are the letters and titles of the main classes of call numbers. Click on any class to view an outline of its subclasses.

Research as an Iterative Process

Like design, research is an iterative process. Use keywords and concepts/phrases to launch your investigation; use your investigation to adjust your keywords and concepts/phrases; and then return to the investigation. Repeat as many times as necessary to refine your thinking

Tips for Finding Articles

  • When you find a citation to an article, note the journal title, the volume number and date of the issue that you need, and the page numbers of the article. Some databases list this information in a Source field.
  • Look for a url link or a pdf for full text online access to an article.
  • Use the or Serials Solutions 360 Link button to look for other means of access.
  • Carnegie Mellon may not own an article that you need. Request such articles through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Finding articles is not always easy. Please ask for assistance as needed.


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