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.
Your goal is to find a product that interests you. If you don't have one yet:
Come to the Library to browse journals and magazines
Browse online magazines in Flipster, Overdrive, or another article database
Browse trade websites such as Building Green, ARCAT
Search the Internet to get ideas of products
A few suggested titles are below, along with where you can find them:
Architectural Record (available on Flipster and in the Art and Architecture Complete, Associate Programs Plus, and Business Source Complete databases)
Architectural Digest (Available on Overdrive)
Better Homes and Gardens (available on Overdrive)
Detail: A Review of Architecture and Construction Details (available in Print and in the Art and Architecture Complete database)
Domus (available in Print)
Dwell (available on Overdrive)
Engineering News Record (available online and in the Associate Programs Plus, and Business Source Complete databases)
Landscape Architecture (available in Print and on Overdrive)
Search in the Library Catalog for additional book materials. Some useful terms to use are:
**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.
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.
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:
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//subscriptions.techstreet.com/products/625582
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: https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/IBC2015/chapter-1-scope-and-administration