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"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.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

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 Interior Design 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 interior design are shelved in the NK and TH call number ranges. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.

Here are just a few of our books about interior design

Magazines

Magazines are a great place to find examples of interior design.

 

Better Homes and Gardens We have print issues of Better Homes and Gardens from the past three years, plus online coverage from 2017 to the present.

 

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.

 

Midwest Living We have print issues of Midwest Living from the past three years, plus online coverage from 2017 to the present.

 

Southern Living We have print issues of Southern Living from the past three years, plus online coverage from 2010 to the present.

 
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.​

Bloomsbury Architecture Library
Bloomsbury Architecture Library
 

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is an excellent resource for students of architecture, urbanism, and interior design. It includes:

 

Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of ArchitectureSir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, 21st ed.
Descriptions of thousands of major buildings from all over the world and throughout 5,500 years of history, with photos, drawings, and building plans.

 

BAL ebooks42 ebooks on architectural history and politics, urbanism, landscape, and interiors.

 

BAL building pagesBuilding Pages with essential information about 700 of the world's most important buildings.

 
Selected ebooks

Here are just a few of the ebooks about interior design you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:

 

NA2850Spatial Strategies for Interior Design
Ian Higgins, 2015

 

NK2008Rustic Modern
Chase Reynolds Ewald, 2017

 

NK2113.5Drawing for Interior Design
Drew Plunkett, 2014

 

NK2116Interior Design
Jenny Gibbs, 2010