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Whether you are writing a serious research paper on a historic theme, investigating background on a property to be conserved, or trying to find correct plants for a garden restoration, you need good information. Much time and anxiety can be saved by knowing not only where to look but also how to structure your search. Landscape studies are a nexus of disciplines and interests and it is important to have a working knowledge of necessary and relevant resources, and a way of finding and organizing them. This module will introduce the student to these methods and sources. We will look into formats as varied as monographs, reference works, databases, journals and periodicals, archives, photographs, oral histories, special collections. In addition, we will explore organizational, associational, and professional sources for their publications, links, programs, and services, suitable to landscape studies in all their diversity and complexity. No special level of computer literacy is assumed. This course is of particular use to those who have been out of college for some time or who feel that they have no serious training in research, and who wish to do in-depth work in garden design, landscape history or preservation and conservation. Weekly assignments will be part of the course, and the final product will be an information portfolio on an appropriate subject of the student's choosing.
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