LARC 7250 Landscape Architecture Theory: Research Strategies and Resources
My goal today is to introduce you to potentially new library and internet search tips and strategies for you to feel more confident in library research and what resources are available to you.
The research process
Places to find resources in the library collection (books, ebooks, theses, conference papers, scholarly journals/articles, and images/video), web resources
keyword search tips
Library Services during the pandemic
Resources Citation in Chicago Style
How are the creative
and research processes intertwined and informed by one another in your discipline? For you personally?
Research is non-linear and iterative, get curious and inspired by exploring your topic broadly!
You may want to learn more about:
Begin by forming a research question (this may evolve/refine)
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.)
Figure1. Wu Mali: Secret Garden, installation at Nan Tou County, Taiwan, stones, flowers and light, 3×15×2 m, 1999; courtesy of the artist, photographed by Roy Lee
Attribution is not the same as legal permission!
Phrase your topic as a research question
Broadening Your Results
Using AND to separate two terms ensures that your results will include both those terms: landscape AND phenomenology
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", (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
"landscape architect*" AND canad* AND Indigenous
"landscape plan*" AND Indigenous
Indigenous AND design AND landscape*
Where could we look for information on this topic? Are there any specific types of resources or places you might try to search?
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...
What are your informed parameters and guidelines for determining authority within your discipline and practice?
Evaluating a Source for Bias
Is the information misrepresented?
Is there other important information missing?
Whose perspectives and experiences are included? Whose are excluded?
Who will benefit from the information as it is presented?
Will the information cause harm or disadvantage another?
In what ways have you examined your own worldview, assumptions, and biases through collaborative and reflective practices?
Data Visualization Resources (infographics, maps, charts, etc)
General Library Help
Writing, Citing, and Research Support