Welcome to the DCTC Library's Architectural Technology subject guide. On this page you will find helpful information about the research and writing process, including links to help you evaluate and cite your sources.
The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.
The 3rd page is a gateway to the Library's best online resources and web sites for the Architectural Technology program, including some tutorials for these resources.
Let's get started!
Not everything you read online is true. Shocking, I know. Have you ever heard of the CRAAP test? A librarian developed this handy acronym to help you remember these things when evaluating information.
Currency: is this the most up-to-date information on my topic?
Relevance: does this information relate to my topic?
Authority: is the author qualified to write about this subject?
Accuracy: has this information been fact-checked?
Purpose: is this information objective, or is it biased?
Here are some useful guides to help you evaluate information you find on the web:
- CRAAP Detection: Criteria for Evaluating Information (Otis College of Art and Design)
- Evaluating Information (Johns Hopkins University)
- Evaluating Sources of Information (Purdue University)
- Evaluating Resources (UC Berkeley)
There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments. Your instructor will let you know whether to use APA, Chicago, MLA, or some other style. Here are some introductory guides to these styles from the Purdue Online Writing Lab:
- Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide
- Purdue OWL: Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition
- Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Our catalog and databases provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation, then select the appropriate style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!
"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."
This definition of plagiarism comes from page 1 of DCTC's Student Code of Conduct. See how easy that was?
Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.
The Center for Student Success offers tutoring to all DCTC students, including help with writing your paper and citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting room 2-101.
In the Library
Behind the circulation desk we have our Course Resources collection. These are books and videos that instructors have asked us to reserve for certain classes. Books on reserve must be used in the Library unless you have permission from your instructor to check them out overnight. Click on this image to see which books we currently have on reserve for Architectural Technology courses.
Use our catalog, OneSearch, to find the books and videos on our shelves, plus ebooks and streaming videos.
The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify My Results options on the left side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.
Please ask a librarian if you need help locating anything you find in our catalog.
If we don't have the book, video, or article you're looking for, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL) and it will come to you. It's easy! E-mail email@example.com to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.
Our collection is organized by Library of Congress call numbers. If you like to browse, most books about architecture are shelved in the NA and TH call number ranges. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.
Here are just a few of our books about architecture:
Magazines are a great place to find examples of architecture and design.
We have print issues of Architectural Record from 2015 to 2019, plus online coverage from 2001 to the present.
We have print issues of Dwell from 2015 and 2016.
We have ebook versions of many of the books assigned in DCTC's Architectural Technology and Interior Design programs. Check this list before you buy your textbooks!
- Architectural Graphic Standards, Student Edition, 12th ed. (2017)
- The Bluebeam Guidebook: Game-changing Tips and Stories for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors (2018)
- Building Codes Illustrated, 6th ed. (2018)
- Building Construction Illustrated, 6th ed. (2019)
- Codes Guidebook for Interiors, 7th ed. (2018)
- Fundamentals of Building Construction, 7th ed. (2019)
- Interior Design Reference + Specification Book (2018)
- NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards, 2nd ed. (2016)
- SketchUp for Interior Design: 3D Visualizing, Designing, and Space Planning (2014)
- Structure for Architects: A Primer (2012)
- Wild Things: The Material Culture of Everyday Life (2020)
LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com, offers thousands of self-paced video courses and tutorials.
Logging into LinkedIn Learning is a little different from our other online resources. You'll still need your StarID, but if you're a DCTC student you'll use the username firstname.lastname@example.org, replacing ab1234cd with your actual StarID. DCTC employees should do the same, except with the username email@example.com.
Once you've logged into you LinkedIn Learning account, you can browse or search for courses and tutorials. I recommend clicking on the Browse button at the top of the screen, then clicking on Creative in the left margin, then selecting from the categories listed under AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction). You'll find hundreds of hours of content.
International Codes (I-Codes)
Many of the International Code Council's International Codes (I-Codes) are available free online, including:
Fairchild Books Interior Design Library
Fairchild Books Interior Design Library is an excellent resource for students of architecture and inclusive and interior design. It includes:
Looking Beyond the Structure: Critical Thinking for Designers and Architects
Dan Bucsescu and Michael Eng, 2009
Architectural Drafting for Interior Designers, 2nd ed.
Lydia Sloan Cline, 2014
Revit Architecture 2020 for Designers
Douglas R. Seidler, 2019
There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.
Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles.
Please visit the Library or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.
Films On Demand
Films On Demand features more than 400 streaming videos on architecture.
Here are the ebooks about architectural design you'll find in Wiley Online Library:
Mastering Autodesk Revit 2020
Robert Yori, 2019
Revit 2020 for Architecture: No Experience Required, 2nd ed.
Eric Wing, 2019
Selected EBSCO ebooks
Here are just a few of the ebooks about architectural design you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:
Dense + Green: Innovative Building Types for Sustainable Urban Architecture
Thomas Schröpfer, 2016
AutoCAD 2020 3D Modeling
Munir M. Hamad, 2019
Materials in Progress : Innovations for Designers and Architects
Sascha Peters, 2019
The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling
Charlie Wing, 2017