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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 Library
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.
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.
Research Methods for the Architectural Profession Research Methods for the Architectural Profession introduces research as a systematic process, describes how to formulate research questions, provides an in-depth explanation of different research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and experimental), and explains how to select appropriate research methods and execute research studies.
Publication Date: 2021
Research Methods and Techniques in Architecture Research Methods and Techniques in Architecture examines research methodologies and tools applied in science and architectonic practice.
Publication Date: 2018
Research Methods for Architecture The first part of the book is a general guide to the fundamentals of how to do research, from assembling a literature review to conducting an interview. The second section presents a selection of case studies dealing with such topics as environmental psychology, the politics of space, ethnographic research and mapping.
Publication Date: 2016