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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 or disciplines?
  • Is the topic interdisciplinary? 
  • What are good keywords?
  • What are key concepts/phrases?

Investigate the Topic via the Internet

Investigate the Topic via the Library

Investigate the topic at the library

  • Find print books owned by Carnegie Mellon that you have identified using searches.

  • 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 PDF outline of its subclasses.

Investigate the Topic via Sources You Have Found

Read and reflect

Reading and reflecting are key to learning about your topic.

Mark, note, outline, annotate, share, etc.

Engaging with a text promotes retention and learning.

Chain search

Look for additional clues and references in your sources that can lead you to other sources. For example:

  • Identify key authors and experts by name and then search for their other writings.
  • Examine footnotes and bibliographies for good sources and then look for those sources.

Investigate the Topic in the Larger World

  • Talk to or interview a graduate student or a professor at Carnegie Mellon or elsewhere.
  • Talk to or interview a professional or expert.
  • Visit a business, social service agency, or other relevant organization.
  • Etc.

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 and find good sources.

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.
  • If Carnegie Mellon does not own an article that you need you can request it from another library.
  • Finding articles can be challenging. Please ask for assistance as needed.

Art, Architecture & Design Librarian

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Jill Chisnell
413 Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-6330