Searching for literature and understanding how that interlinks with writing up your findings and influencing new ideas for your research is a vital skill. The graphic below may help you to understand these processes and how they are inter-linked.
If you have not already done so please consider completing the Academic library skills module available to all students on Myplace.
Library books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal classification scheme whereby each subject is represented by a number.
You wil find books on the same subject will have the same number. The shelfmark is preceded by the letter D and will be followed by 3 letters, which are usually the first 3 letters of the author's name.
Here are some useful shelfmarks.
D 624.1 Structural engineering and underground construction
D 691 Building materials
D 720 Architecture (general)
D 721 Architectural structure
D 729 Design and decoration