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Hello! I am researching the topic: Interior Design as classified by the Department of Education. Where is it housed? Where should it be

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Hello! I am researching the topic: Interior Design as classified by the Department of Education. Where is it housed? Where should it be housed?. I have researched EBSCO and PROQUEST for two days and have not found anything substantial. What terms and databases would you suggest that I search that would get me more specific information on my topic? I am also setting up an appointment to show what terms I have used. Thanks.

Answered By: Robin Mize
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 5

Although your topic is about Interior Design, because you're interested to know how the topic is treated by the Department of Education, it may be a good idea to go to the Education Libguide to start your research.  At the Education Libguide, click the orange tab that says, "Web Sites & Videos" to find a list of links to resources that maybe helpful to your research.

Of particular note may be the link to the U.S. Department of Education.  The site of the Education Dept. has information about resources, statistics, and many other types of data.  Try typing "Interior Design" into the search box at the top of the page to get an idea of the kinds of results you'll find.

If you click on the "Data" tab, you will find links to data and statistics by topic.  This may be a good way to find where the Dept. of Education places Interior Design as a curriculum.  Click the link to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and do a search for "Interior Design."  There you will find how Interior Design is classified withing the Department of Education's taxonomy.

Going back to the Education Libguide, click the orange tab for "Articles."  You'll find many databases that may be useful, but in particular, try ERIC (at EBSCOhost), but don't limit your search to just one so you don't limit your findings too much.

Start by using these terms:

"interior design" AND curriculum

"interior design" AND pedagogy

"interior design" AND "department of education"

"interior design" AND education AND curriculum

As your search progresses, look at the detailed records of the articles you find most helpful.  You may find additional search terms in the list of subject headings and keyword terms.

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