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UNLV Libraries -> Architecture Studies Library -> Finding Resources -> SYLLABUS AAD 283L: DESIGN COMMUNICATION & SKILLS: Spring 2000


Instructor: Jeanne Brown, Head, Architecture Studies Library
Office: 109 Sogg Building, Architecture Studies Library

Phone: 895-4369
Office Hours 9-10 Tues. Ė Fri

Graduate Assistant: Ash Johnston ( )

Class: Room 203 Sogg Building, Architecture Studies Library

Purpose: This class is intended to teach and enhance information seeking and evaluation skills. Diverse electronic and print means of finding and accessing information, including reference books, Internet resources, journals and books, and associations are explored. By the end of the course the student should be able to identify, select, and physically locate appropriate resources in a variety of formats.

NAAB Criteria addressed by the course: be able to analyze and gather information across the range needed in architecture, including information on human requirements; be able to do basic research as it relates to all aspects of design; be able to use computer technology in the identification . . . of information.

Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Attendance   Evaluation   Project   Annotations    Incompletes   Circulation Policy    Disability Information    Religious Holidays    Syllabus Revision


Week 1   Class introduction, locating materials in the library, email account set up [optional]


Pre-test answers

Set up email account:

Locating materials/Library maps:

Physical Locations in the Architecture Studies Library:

Week 2   Web navigation, citation format for web sites, evaluation of web sites

Web evaluation document

Web page navigation

Web page navigation answers

Evaluating Web Sites::


Week 3   Searching: books, periodical titles

UNLV Library tutorial:

Library Catalog Searching: Books and Journal Articles-- Worksheet

Library Catalog Searching answers

Week 4   Searching: reference tools

Reference Matching Worksheet

Reference Matching Answers

Architecture Print Sources: Selected Reference Titles

Online Reference Tools

Week 5   Evaluation of information, citation format for non-web materials, architecture periodicals (the good, the bad, the ugly)

Blake, Peter. 1996. "When More is Less & Less Is More." Provocations: An Online Journal of Architecture and Ideas. [Online]. Available:

University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Architecture. 1996. "Behavioral and Social Factors in Environmental Design." [Online]. Available: (last accessed 11/06)

Week 6   Searching: periodical articles: Finding Journal Articles (Indexes)


Art Index/Expanded Academic Index Worksheet

Art Index/Expanded Academic Index answers

*****Semester project first draft due Week 6, week of February 21

Week 7   Architecture sites on the web: directories/guides

Brown, Jeanne. 2000. "Architecture and Building: Web Resources." [Online]. Available:

Internet Resources Guides: Worksheet

Week 8   Mid-term test

Mid-term test answers

Week 9   Spring break

Week 10   Non-architecture sites on the web

General (non-architecture) Internet Sites Worksheet



Week 11   Searching: web search engines

Sullivan, Danny. Search Engine Watch. [Online]. Available:

Search Engines Worksheet

Week 12   Searching: periodical articles: Avery Index

Avery index worksheet

Week 13   Advanced searching techniques

University of California, Berkeley. 1999. "Recommended Search Strategy." [Online]. Available:

Week 14   Searching: images

Thomas, Ruth. "Finding Images on the Web." [Online]. Available:

Finding Images Worksheet

*****Semester project due Week 14, week of April 17

Week 15   Searching: strategies

Anthony, Kathryn H. "Avoiding Guesswork: Learning How to Research Your Project and Its Users." Chap. in Design Juries on Trial. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991. [On reserve in Architecture Studies Library]

University of California, Berkeley. 1999. "Recommended Search Strategy." [Online]. Available:

Week 16   Review for final exam/ evaluation of course

Week 17   Final Exam

Class Attendance: It is important that you attend each class. Much of the teaching/learning for this class is by means of hands-on work during the class session. Unexcused absence at more than three classes qualifies the student for dismissal from the course. Acceptable excuses include: personal injury or sickness verified by a letter from a physician or a registered nurse, death in the immediate family, and car accidents.


Evaluation is based on performance on exams (mid-term and final) and on the semester project. The semester project must be submitted on time to be given full credit.

A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69

Failure to submit the semester project, or evidence of cheating or plagiarism, will result in failure of the course. Cheating includes copying someone else's work in exams and assignments, or allowing someone to copy. Plagiarism means using someone's ideas and/or words and presenting them as your own.

Class Project: Information Gathering and Evaluation Project

An Annotated Critical Bibliography, with the topic "Readings that Impact/Change/Inform Design." This is an ongoing project throughout the semester. Many of the homework assignments will ultimately be included in your semester project. This bibliography will include a variety of sources such as books, periodicals, web sites, and reference tools. The annotation should be both evaluative and informative, noting how the reading impacted a design. At least 15 sources should be included.

Graphic option: If you would like to show the impact of readings graphically instead of through the bibliography described above, consult your instructor Jeanne Brown.

********************** Project due date: week of April 17th. **************************

Sample of a good annotation:

"The New San Francisco Museum of Modern Art." Domus 767 (Jan. 1995): 8-18.

This article out of Domus, a reliable architectural journal, provides a clear concise description of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as designed by Mario Botta. It lists the main objectives which Botta attempted to achieve in the project. These are: 1) to use "natural overhead light in most of the exhibition galleries," and 2) to "ensure that after entering the building, the visitor will capture its layout at a glance." The article contains large color photographs, sketches, and floorplans of the museum. The article was useful for my museum design in that it pointed me to a lighting solution I hadnít previously considered.


An incomplete in the course will be given only if, for some reason beyond your control (hospitalization, death in the family) you cannot complete the course. Under no circumstances will you be given an incomplete because you are failing.

Library Circulation Policy:

In order to borrow books or to use the materials on reserve, you will need to have a University Library Card. Be sure to take a photo ID and your social security number to the Circulation Desk in the Architecture or Main library to obtain a card. Note: if you have a student photo ID, this will become your library card as soon as you register it with the library.

Disability Information:

If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center for coordination in your academic accommodations. The DRC is located in the Reynolds Student Services Complex in Room 137. The DRC phone number is 895-0866. (TDD-895-0652).

Policy on Religious Holidays

The campus policy states that the instructor be informed of anticipated absences for religious holidays by the beginning of the second week of school.

Syllabus Revision:

This syllabus is subject to change depending on class progress and interests. The current version of the syllabus can be found online at:

Monday, 17-Dec-2012 10:50:32 PST