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Architecture: Getting Started - Research & Writing Basics

The Architecture Research Guide will assist researchers interested in exploring related topics within the field of architecture.

Research & Writing with a focus on Architectural Research

Students of architecture are required to conduct research and present their findings in accordance with standard research paper guidelines.  The offerings of this page will help students meet those demands.  In addition, resources are offered to further one's professional pursuits in the field.

The Research Process in Steps

Research methods generally follow this path but the order of steps is flexible:

  • Choose a topic - browse reference books, databases, circulating book indexes, journals, association websites, etc.
  • Make a list of subject terms related to your topic for literature searching. Look at thesauri in databases.
  • Write an outline of your paper
  • Decide what type of information you will need - supporting, empirical, primary, etc.
  • Consider the format of the information that you will use - print, electronic, video, etc.
  • Conduct a literature search to determine if your topic is feasible to research
  • Organize your information
  • Evaluate the materials that you found - are they relevant, credible, reliable and verifiable?
  • Write the text of your paper
  • Cite your resources
  • Check, check and recheck your writing and citations

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