This page provides information on getting started on your assignment and keyword searching strategies.
The Library Search is a good starting point for researching 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 the search
The image is showing the search result brought up by entering the “building science” keywords. A range of material is brought up, mostly consisting of e-books and books, journals, and conference articles. You can further filter the search result using different facets shown on the left-hand side, such as publication date, academic journals, full-text online filters, or Books & e-books or Journal articles filter shown above the search box. An effective search is an iterative process of finding 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 to find yet more relevant information sources.
Assignment topic sample - Case study - Includes the selection and evaluation of the suitability of the range of building materials for structural beams. For example:
"Propose a range of materials for all ground and upper floor beams for a 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.
structural elements materials
structural materials beams
structural elements design
floor beams materials
structural elements materials residential building
structural design building material
structural elements construction
structural components building material
material selection structural design
Apply the following strategies to combine them:
"structural materials" AND (load* OR behaviour OR behavior OR fatigue)