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Architecture: 48-026: First Year Seminar: Guide

Independent Research

Frame the topic

  • 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 web site





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 via 360 Link.
  • If the 360 Link screen shows no electronic holdings choose "Search for this item in the Library Catalog (CAMEO)" to search by journal title for a print issue in the library. If you don't see the journal title in the results list refine your search by Material Type: Journal in the right column. If you find the journal title the record will indicate the issues that we have, and show the location, which is usually the third floor of Hunt Library (for example, UNBDJOUR-3 or BND-JOUR-3).
  • 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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Martin Aurand
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