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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!

Evaluating information

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:

Citing sources

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:

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!

Avoiding plagiarism

"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.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.

Writing help

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

Course resources

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.

Catalog

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 library@dctc.edu to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.

Books

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

Magazines are a great place to find examples of architecture and design.

 

Architectural Digest We have print issues of Architectural Digest from 2015 and 2016, plus online coverage from 2008 to the present via EBSCO and Gale.

 

Architectural Record We have print issues of Architectural Record from 2015 to 2019, plus online coverage from 2001 to the present.

 

Dwell We have print issues of Dwell from 2015 and 2016.

 

House Beautiful We have print issues of House Beautiful from the past three years, plus online coverage from 1999 to the present via EBSCO and Gale.

 

Online Resources

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning

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 ab1234cd@go.minnstate.edu, replacing ab1234cd with your actual StarID. DCTC employees should do the same, except with the username ab1234cd@minnstate.edu.

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.

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Fairchild Books Interior Design Library

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 StructureLooking Beyond the Structure: Critical Thinking for Designers and Architects
Dan Bucsescu and Michael Eng, 2009

 

Architectural Drafting for Interior DesignersArchitectural Drafting for Interior Designers, 2nd ed.
Lydia Sloan Cline, 2014

 

Revit Architecture 2020 for DesignersRevit Architecture 2020 for Designers
Douglas R. Seidler, 2019

 

Articles

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.

 

EBSCO Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles.
 
Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles.
 
ProQuestSearch hundreds of U.S. newspapers, newswires, and news sites with ProQuest U.S. Newsstream.
 

 

Please visit the Library or e-mail library@dctc.edu 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

Films On Demand features more than 400 streaming videos on architecture.

Wiley ebooks

Here are the ebooks about architectural design you'll find in Wiley Online Library:

 

NA2728 Mastering Autodesk Revit 2020Mastering Autodesk Revit 2020
Robert Yori, 2019

 

NA2728 Revit 2020 for ArchitectureRevit 2020 for Architecture: No Experience Required, 2nd ed.
Eric Wing, 2019

 

Selected EBSCO ebooks