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The Libraries maintains an integrated library system, Search It, to access and organize the many items (books, journal articles, reports, media, etc.).  Click in the box to leave this guide and use the Search It system!

SearchIt search bar

Additionally, Search It provides access to items provided through Google Scholar, if WSU-affiliated library users upload the WSU Libraries website into the "library links" area of Google Scholar's settings (see the  Google Scholar box below).  The Libraries also provides access to approximately 150 specialized subject databases through its website's Find Articles/Databases section.  The databases generally of interest to this discipline are detailed in the box below.

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!

screenshot of Google Scholar library links page

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' Search It 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

screenshot of WorldCat homeA 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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