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Interior Design Program Guide

General purpose guide collecting information and library resources for interior design.

Gathering Information

multiple sourcesOnce you've defined your problem, question, or topic, it's time to see what's out there. This may involve interviews, surveys, observations, case studies, action research, laboratory experiments, or a combination of methods.

Don't limit this phase because it's where you explore options and gather ideas! 

Search for Background Information

Finding Case Studies, Precedent Studies, and Secondary Research

A case study is an in-depth study of a particular instance, event, or situation. You can explore a single case study or compare multiple case studies to identify themes. There are a variety of places where you will find case studies and other interior design research. Search for your topic and "case study" in one of the recommended databases. Search for or within designer websites and portfolios using your favorite search engine.

Another great place to find research others have done is in professional publications and magazines. You'll also find some of those in databases listed below. 

Try the databases below as your starting point.

You will also find additional resources within the the Types of Sources portion of this guide. 

Conducting Primary Research

Your research question or problem may also require you to conduct some primary research. This may take a variety of forms and involve surveys, observations, or interviews.

For additional information about conducting primary research, consult the following books in the interior design collection:

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