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Getting Started with Library Research

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This guide brings together resources to provide a starting point for research in the areas of design.


The Library Research Process is Creative
  • It involves asking questions, exploring resources and discovering information that will inevitable lead you to more question. You already do a lot of informal research in your day-to-day activities and you can use the skills you have already developed to do scholarly research.


Library Research Informs Your Creative Practice
  • The library gives you access to books, exhibition catalogues, magazines, journal articles, online databases, and spaces that are here to inspire and inform you.


Library Research Takes Time
  • Give yourself time to find useful, credible, quality resources. There is so much information out there and it takes critical inquiry and perseverance to find the best resources for your specific needs. Research is also an evolving process - your ideas and focus might change as you delve into different resources, similar to how a design will change from the initial idea at the beginning of a project to the completed work.



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