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Thesis and Dissertation Research in Environmental Design: Research Methods

A strategic bibliographic guide for architecture, city planning, urban design, and landscape architecture graduate students beginning their professional report, thesis, or dissertation work.

General Research Methods

Print Resources

See these guides for more information

Case Studies and Projects

Where can you find case studies?

  • Case studies are often published in journal articles, so consult the journal indexes listed in this guide.
  • Some case studies are presented as conference papers, which are sometimes published as part of conference proceedings (see below), as well as in journals.
  • Look for projects that have received formal recognition; awards announcements will usually provide details about a project that may be helpful to you. These announcements are sometimes published in journals, as well as on the web sites of the organizations making the awards.
  • You may also discover compilations of case studies published as books; start with the OskiCat catalog: combine a keyword search describing your topic with a subject search with the phrases case studies or case method.
  • Books on "best practices" are often illustrated with case studies. See, for example, the best practices section of the Urban Design guide.

Case Study Methodology

Case Study Sources


Interpreting the Built Environment


Doing interviews? See the UC Berkeley, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects requirements.

Making Presentations

Doing Local History

Using Maps and Images for Research

Copyright: Copyright law applies when using published images. Here are a couple of web sites that may help.

Selected titles on using maps and images in research

Find more: Search the library catalogs by subject: Visual sociology or Photography in the social sciences.