Landscape Architecture

Research Strategies & Resources

Today we will look at:

  • Library services during pandemic times
  • Search strategies & resources
  • Expanding your search beyond the UM's collection
  • Useful tools for searching & managing literature you've found

Library services during pandemic times

Note - during pandemic times:

  • Online library services are always available
  • Services involving physical collections & spaces are available in a limited capacity, which may change as the situation evolves.



Request physical books to pick up at
Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Request scanned portions of books in & outside our collection (up to 10% or 1 chapter)

Limited in-person study space available

Starting your research:

Reference resources

(encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc)

  • Overview of a person, movement, sometimes a specific project
  • In Library Search, limit Resource Type to Reference Entries
  • Recommended resources on Landscape Architecture subject guide:
    • Oxford Art Online
    • Credo Reference

UM Library Search

  • All books & ebooks we own/subscribe to
  • Some (not all) of the databases we subscribe to
    • Includes many reference texts available online (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc)
    • Journal articles
    • If you sign in, more results (eg ArtStor images)
  • Very broad search engine - might get a lot of unrelated results.

Requesting Items

  • Sign in to the Library Search with your umnetID
    • Problems signing in? Staff on the Ask Us library chat can help
  • If the item is checked out, users have at least 7 days to return (we allow more if needed)
    • No late fees during pandemic
  • Check out from Hold Locker using your student ID card

Requesting a chapter or 10%

Search for the Table of Contents:

  • in the Details area of a Library Search record
  • via Google Books or Amazon (sometimes there is also a preview...)
  • email just to request the Table of Contents
    • Provide at least the title, author, link to the book in the Library Search


  • Full instructions on accessing material in HathiTrust  
  • Tip: "Electronic Resources Print Unavailable" location in Library Search means this is available in HathiTrust
    • If it's a journal article:
      • Search for HathiTrust in our list of Databases A-Z
      • Look up the name of the journal
      • Find the volume, issue, & page number for the article
      • Use the Ask Us chat for help at any point!

Search Tip: to get more results

Try to find all the different ways of expressing the concept you're searching for. This can be done by:

  • putting OR between synonyms

E.g.: ("climate change" OR "global warming") - results will contain at least one of these phrases


  • adding an asterisk (*) to the root of a word:

E.g.: Canad* - finds Canada, Canadian, Canadians

Christian* - finds Christian, Christians, Christianity...


Note - Christ* also finds Christmas, Christo (the artist)...

Search Tip: to get more specific results

(narrowing down your search)

  • Put a phrase "in quotation marks" to find results with those words in that order.
    • E.g.: "gothic revival"
  • Use NOT to exclude unrelated content.
    • E.g. union NOT soviet - for content about unions, but not the soviet one


More search tips on the Graduate Help & Services pages

Which search will find the most results?

For more sources, check:

  • Bibliographies of works on your topic
  • "Cited by" feature in many databases (e.g. Avery)
  • Subject headings in databases

for more articles:

  • Related Reading sidebar

for more books:

  • Virtual Browse
    • Includes books from ALL UM Libraries

Searching beyond the UM Library Collection

Document Delivery during pandemic times

("Request from another library" link in the Library Search)


No physical book requests


Request a copy of up to 10% or one chapter of a book


Request journal articles


Link to full text of Chicago Manual of Style further down the page

(or access via the Library Search)

Citation Management Software

  • Keep track of research,
  • annotate documents,
  • produce a bibliography

Free software options:

  • Mendeley
  • Zotero


How-to videos here


General Library Help

  • Questions about your library account, or how the UM Libraries work? The Help & Services page for graduate students may have the answer.
  • During the Fall term, library staff are available via the Ask Us chat service: 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm Friday, and 1pm-4pm on weekends.
    • Fastest way to ask a general question about the Libraries.
    • If we're not online, your message will be received the following morning.


Research Support


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Landscape Architecture

By Ellen Tisdale

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