This guide provides a starting point for finding and using resources in the VU Library that will support the NBC1111 Fundamentals of Building Construction unit.
Use the tabs above to find out more about each topic.
This page provides information on getting started on your assignment and keyword searching strategies.
Assignment topic sample - Build a physical model showing the details of the structure for a simple residential building
It is suggested to do some brief research to gain more specific information on the focused topic.
Initially, you can use and enter in the Library Search the following concepts or keywords to find some resources of interest.
building construction models
building (modeling OR modelling) (common spelling in the US 'modeling' vs. spelling with two Ls as preferred everywhere else)
prototype model building
3D model building construction
3D architecture models
residential building models
building materials AND sustainability
Apply the following strategies to combine them:
"building construction" AND (modelling OR modeling)
Share your research on the 'Sustainable building materials' padlet
Go to the link posted below your Group number and post the name or title of the resource you found and provide a link to the resource.
The Library Search is a good starting point for conducting research on any topic, including the building and construction. Off-campus users are prompted to log in with their VU username and password when they first enter search
The image is showing the search result brought up by entering the “building material” keywords. There is a range of material brought up, mostly consisting of e-books and books, and journals and trade publications articles. You can further filter the search result by using different facets shown on the left-hand side, such as publication date, academic journals, and full-text online filters. An effective search is an iterative process of finding some relevant information sources, modifying your search strategy by varying the keywords or key concepts based on what you did and did not find, and then searching again.
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