Landscape Architecture 171 - The American Designed Landscape Since 1850 is a strategic and bibliographic research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources for UCB students taking LA 171. Here you'll find research techniques and sources for yoursite study. For additional assistance, please consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.
DECONSTRUCT your topic to uncover its complexities, to focus your research, and to increase your search vocabulary (for example, the more ways you have of describing and thinking about your site, the more likely you are to find a plan or section). Another term for deconstructing a research question is 'concept mapping;' see the Rhode Island School of Design Library's excellent slide show, Concept Mapping, for a visual tutorial. Add to your 'deconstruction notes' as you learn more about your site.
Do your best to answer these questions. Remember to include alternative spellings.