Make a list of keywords and subjects before you begin researching. When you begin searching, keep track of words and terminology that occur regularly and add these to your keywords list.
Here's a keyword list that could be used for researching a project for designing a Continuing Education Facility:
|lecture halls||seminar rooms|
|loading dock||plumbing fixtures|
Many databases use controlled vocabulary to organize terms in scholarly resources. If a thesaurus or dictionary is provided by a database, be sure to use it. Choosing the proper term can help you find the right information.
|Create a list of ten keywords that you could use to search for references to research potential career paths in your area(s) of interest.
There are many different kinds of resources that can be used for library research. Here are the types of information sources that will be covered in this guide.
Print and Electronic Books – Scholarly books can be found in both print and electronic formats.
Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Articles and Journals – Scholarly journals are academic in nature and reference researchers in the field of study. Peer-reviewed articles are articles that have been vetted by a knowledgeable member in the field of study through a review process. Examples of scholarly journals include The Journal of Architectural Engineering, The Journal of Green Building, and Civil Engineering.
Codes and Standards – Codes are sets of rules and specifications for the correct methods and materials used for a certain product, building or process. Standards are an established norm or requirement. Different groups produce and publish standards.
Patent Literature – Patents are another vital source of important technical information. Patents can provide information on: experts in subject areas, companies who are doing work in certain areas and current and future trends.
Technical Reports – Technical Reports are reports on projects and processes written by the corporations and institutions preforming the research.
Trade publications – Trade Publications are written for workers and leaders in specific trades and industries. Trade publications are common in engineering and nursing fields. Examples of trade publications include Design News, Control Engineering, and Electronics World.