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Go to the Paper Topic tab for tips on choosing a topic.
Define and Deconstruct Your Topic (see the Paper Topic tab).
Go to the Citations tab to choose a style manual for your footnotes and bibliography.
See the Basic Resources tab to find initial information about your paper topic.
Refine Your Topic: Using the information you have gathered, determine if your research topic should be narrower or broader. You may need to search Basic Resources again using your new, focused topics and keywords.
See the Searching Tips tab to find books for an in-depth discussion of your topic.
Go to the Articles tab for resources containing current and retrospective information. Use Periodical Indexes to identify articles within periodical and newspaper titles.
Tips for Searching
In OskiCat search on keyword, title, subject, heading or author.
Use truncation (*) for variations of words (e.g. architect*).
Search subject headings, where available, for categories of topics.
by time period:
Architecture, 20th century
by type of building or site:
by location by city, state, or country:
Cliff dwellings--Southwest, New
by series and name of set:
Great ages of world architecture
Search for a specific architect or designer:
Burle Marx, Roberto
by specific building or site:
Golden Gate Park--San Francisco, California
Machu Picchu site--Peru
by firms or organizations using corporate authors such as:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Society of Architectural Historians
by periodical (journal) titles:
Architectural history Traditional dwellings and settlements review Urban history
Your Paper Topic
Choose a topic.
Use the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART in the Environmental Design Library to browse general architecture histories, urban histories, images and plans to find a topic that appeals to you.
Define and deconstruct your topic. Plan your search.
Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement. Example: What is unique about St. Paul's Cathedral in London?
List the main concepts. London; Church Architecture; Architecture, England
List key words, phrases and synonyms to search (include people, places, styles, buildings). building type = cathedral; church style/time period = 17th century; unique details = dome
architect = Sir Christopher Wren; name of place = St. Paul's; location = London
Remember to include alternate spellings. Example: Vatican or Vaticano; Saint or S. or St. or Sainte or Ste.
Writing Research Papers about the Built Environment
Use these materials to evaluate resources, organize your research, and write your term paper. See theCite Your Sources to select a citation style and learn about Zotero.