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D168 Beginning Interior Architectural Design Studio

Getting Started with Research

This guide will help you get started with research.  We will give you some general guidance on finding images, finding using sources that can be used in any research project, as well as some specific architecture and design sources. We also provide Tips for your Project 3 Research.

You will need a variety of sources to complete this project. Sources are informational materials on which research is based. 

Primary sources provide direct or first-hand evidence about a subject e.g. a diary, a contemporaneous newspaper report, an interview, or data collected from a survey. 

Secondary sources describe or analyze primary sources, including reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks), books and articles that interpret, review, or synthesize original research/fieldwork, or newspaper articles that review, provide an opinion or commentary on research, art, or current affairs.

You can incorporate sources in your work in many different ways (see Finding and Using Sources for Research).  Two of the most common ways are quoting and paraphrasing. Quoting is direct, word-for-word use of a passage from a source.  Paraphrasing is where you use your own words to restate the meaning of a passage from a source.

Whether you quote or paraphrase, you must cite your sources.  We provide specific guidance in the Citing Resources section of this guide.  If you do not provide a citation you can be guilty of plagiarism which is academic misconduct.  Use the Turn-it-in assignment in Canvas to check your work before submitting it, to ensure that there is no content in your work that can be viewed as plagiarism.

We also strongly recommend that you use Writing Tutorial Services to help you with writing your paper.


Tips and Sample Citations for your Project 3 Research

Using Images: Copyright Law and Image Licensing Guides

  • Copyright and Image Use in the ArtStor Digital Library- This guide provides information on where the sources in Artstor come from, fair use and Artstor images, and using Artstor images for publication. We recommend this guide to anyone using images from Artstor.
  • IU Libraries' Copyright LibGuide- This guide is extremely informative and very useful! We recommend that you pay close attention to the sections labeled "Fair Use", "Open Access & Creative Commons Licensing", and "Using Images"


Examples of Image Citations

 NOTE: In most cases, you will be using the APA example for 'painting retrieved online' or 'online image'.

NOTE: Where an image has a specific name, you should put the name in italics.  If there is only a general description of what is contained in the image, you should not italicize the description.


1.      A digital image from an online art collection.


Bond, Frederick William (Photographer). (c. 1930). Contents of an Ostrich’s stomach, [bromide print]. London, UK: Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved from


2.      An online image that names the artist/designer but not the photographer.


Wright, Russel (Designer). (ca 1930). Knives [image of flatware]. New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved from


3.      An online image that names the artist/designer and the photographer.


Rose, Sheena (Artist). Sergio Gonzalez (Photographer). (2019). Home: The Present, The Process, The Future [Image of Mural].  Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters.  Retrieved from


4.      An image from ArtStor.


Dennett, Mary Ware (Designer). Abrams Photo Service (New York, N.Y.). (n.d. (circa 1925-1945)). Wall hangings, coats of arms, chests, screens, and other work by Mary Ware Dennett. [photographs, gelatin silver prints]. Retrieved from


5.      An image from IUCAT.

Whinnery, H. P. (Artist). (1892). Residence of Joseph Shattuck, Concord St., Nashua, N.H: The McLane Mills: post office furniture manufactured : Hon. John McLane, proprietor, Milford, N.H.. Retrieved from,Pub_List_No_InitialSort  

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What we can help with

  • Identifying resources (including books, articles, scales & measures, Open Access materials, etc.)
  • Purchasing or locating materials not currently in the collection
  • Brainstorm other ways of searching
  • Citation management support

How to contact and find us


  • Phone--(812) 855-9578