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Welcome to the Design LibGuide

The resources in this guide have been assembled to help students with their Design-specific research and writing assignments. It is changing as new resources are added--please send any ideas for the guide or other comments to  Peruse the pages of this guide to locate search tools, research and writing tips, and tutorials for common library tools.

NEW!!! Kanopy Video-Streaming Offers Content for Instruction, Research, and Pleasure Viewing

Continuing for Fall Semester 2017!

The Libraries has licensed a new educational video streaming service, Kanopy, that offers thousands of documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases.

Click to get started!

At the very top of the Kanopy homepage, notice the "subjects' pull-down list next to the orange "Kanopy" logo.  If you choose "Arts," the design disciplines line up right there for your perusal.  

In this more scholarly alternative to Netflix or Amazon Prime, this content is ready for showing in a class, for using in a project, or for just plain viewing.  Do be aware that the software does anonymously keep track of the productions of interest to the WSU audience so that Libraries can purchase viewing rights to the most-watched films.  Certainly, if you decide to plan on showing a production in class regularly, please let me know so that we can work on Kanopy's continued funding. 


New Resource for Fall 2018!


SAGE Research Methods is the ultimate methods library with more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher.  The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method. Provides access to SAGE Research Methods Datasets, SAGE Research Methods Cases, and SAGE Research Methods Video as well. The LIbraries' purchased access to this database in Spring 2018.  Here's a link directly to this resource:  Sage Research Methods

Key Databases

Below are the most useful databases to explore the richness of the journal literature of such design subjects as architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and construction design.

Tune Up Your Google Scholar to Tap into LIbraries' Resources!

The Libraries spends millions each year to bring resources to faculty and students. To gain access to WSU Libraries' content without physically cutting and pasting into the Libraries' SearchIt manually, type "Washington State University Libraries" in the located in the library links section of Google Scholar's settings and check all the WSU Libraries server entries.  When this is done, all the content that the Libraries' provides will appear as links in Google Scholar that read WSU full text, Find It @ WSU, or the word, More, at the bottom of a citation.  Try all of a citation's links to see which works best. 

Click in the box to leave this guide and go to this page in Google Scholar!! The World's Largest Library Catalog

A database of library catalog records billed as the world's largest library catalog, WorldCat is a wonderful place to find publication information for obscure books and reports, archival materials, and very new books that haven't been purchased by a library in the Pacific Northwest  Useful for interlibrary loans, for ordering, and sometimes just to know, Worldcat gives bibliographic information and lists the libraries in the world where a work might be housed.

Click in the image's box to leave this page and go to the WorldCat database.

Guides to Doing Research in Architecture

Groat, L. N., & Wang, D. (2013). Architectural research methods New York: J. Wiley.  (eBook)

Groat, L. N., & Wang, D. (2002). Architectural research methods. New York: J. Wiley.  (print)  Owen Science Library Reference   Call number:  NA2000 .G76 2002

Augustin, S., & Coleman, C. (2011). The designer's guide to doing research: Applying knowledge to inform design. Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons. (eBook)

Augustin, S., & Coleman, C. (2012). The designer's guide to doing research:  Applying knowledge to inform design.  Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. (print) Holland and Terrell Libraries Stacks  Call number:   NA2750 .A94 2012 


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