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Product Review Paper

Choose a building product using trade magazines or library references. In your paper you’ll be justifying your choice of this product for use in a building project.


1. Paper length: 2-3 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 11 pt. font.

2. APA Style Bibliography: not included in total page count.

3. Minimum resource requirements: 1 book or 1 article from the Library, 1-2 credible websites.

Choosing Your Product

Come to the Library to browse journals and magazines to find a product that interests you. You can also browse the reference materials in the Library.

Library Journals and Magazines

These titles are available in the current periodicals section of the Library, along with some databases.

Architectural Record 
(available in the Art and Architecture Complete, Associate Programs Plus, and Business Source Complete databases)
Better Homes and Gardens  (available in the Flipster database)
Detail: A Review of Architecture and Construction Details  (available in the Art and Architecture Complete database)
Dwell  (available in the Flipster database)
ENR  (available in the Associate Programs Plus, and Business Source Complete databases)

See the Selected Databases section below.

Selected Book Materials

Construction Databook
Green Building Materials
GreenSpec Directory: Product Listings & Guideline specifications

Additional Book Materials

Search in the Library Catalog for additional book materials. Some useful terms to use are:

Search the Library Catalog

Use our catalog to find books, videos, and other resources in our collections.

Advanced Search

Finding Information About Your Product

**You will need your COD MyAccess username and password to use the article databases from home.**

You'll find information about your product from a variety of sources. The most obvious choice is the manufacturer's website. Look for technical details and specifications provided for contractors or private consumers.

You'll also be looking for articles about the general category of the product, such as plumbing fixtures or lighting. To find articles from magazines and journals, use the Construction Databases.

Selected Databases

Or browse the online construction journals. This is a super comprehensive list. Look for titles that make sense for your purpose. For instance, Construction in Japan may not be a great choice. But a journal like Construction & Building Materials or the Journal of Construction Engineering & Management could be good choices. ALSO, make sure you choose publications from the U.S.

Using Websites

When you use a website as a resource, it is important to make sure the site is credible and unbiased. If you are using information from the manufacturer's website, you can bet that the information will be biased toward their own products. Be sure to look for diverse opinions about products! (google: review or comparison) When using other website material, such as sites that review products, make sure that the author of the article has professional qualifications. Here are some you can try:

Create an APA Bibliography

A bibliography is a list of the information resources you used to write your paper. For help formatting your bibliography, use the Library's Citing Sources page for APA examples. For help citing your sources in the text of your paper, consult this guide from Purdue.
How to cite Codes & Standards


Organization That Made the Standard. (year). Title of the standard (Standard No. 1234). Retrieved from URL

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers ASHRAE (2012). Standard practice for inspection and maintenance of commercial building HVAC systems (Standard No.180-2012). Retrieved from: https//


Organization That Made the Code. (year). Title of the code (Code name and number). Retrieved from URL

International Code Council. (2015). Stop work order: Authority (International Building Code 115.1). Retrieved from:

Getting Help with Writing Your Paper

The COD Learning Commons will work with you to develop a strong paper and help with editing your writing and developing a correctly formatted bibliography. Also browse the Purdue OWL site for tips on how to write a paper, do in-text citations, and create a bibliography.

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