LARC 7040 Research Strategies and Resources
Places to find resources in the library collection (books, ebooks, theses, conference papers, scholarly journals/articles, and images/video)
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Research is non-linear and iterative, get curious and inspired by exploring your topic broadly!
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Brainstorm keywords based on what you know & what Qs you have
Virtual Browse (books)
Related Reading (articles)
Subject Headings (all content)
(encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks, etc.)
Phrase your topic as a research question
Broadening Your Results
You can give the search more options by placing similar words in brackets, separated by OR: (design OR architecture) (green OR sustainable OR eco) (design OR horticulture OR architecture) ( Indigenize OR decolonize)
Architect* finds: Architect, Architects, Architecture, Architectural...
Christian* finds: Christian, Christians, Christianity...
Note: be careful where you place the *, for example Christ* would also find: Christmas, Christo (an artist)
Narrowing Your Results
Brainstorm some keywords you could use to start a search for this research question
Brainstorm some advanced search possibilities using:
"blank", (blank OR blank), AND, NOT, *
(decolonial OR decolonization) AND ("landscape architect*" OR "landscape design*")
"landscape architecture" AND (decolonize OR Indigenize)
"Indigenous worldview" AND "landscape architect*"
Indigenous AND (perspective OR worldview) AND "landscape architect*"
"landscape architect*" AND canad* AND Indigenous
"landscape plan*" AND Indigenous
Currency - Is there a date the page was published or updated? How current are the cited sources? Are there broken links?
Relevancy - who is the intended audience?
Authority - is the author a recognized expert in this field?
Accuracy - supported with evidence (citations)? Peer-reviewed?
Purpose - to inform? teach? entertain? persuade? sell? Check the domain (eg: .com = commercial, .org = non-profit, .edu = educational...
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