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ENVD 1004 - Introduction to Environmental Design Theory 

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  • Built Environment: Books
  • BE: Articles
  • Natural Environment
  • Citing

Your Assignment

What is the relationship between the built environment, the natural environment, and other human concerns, and how should we best make decisions about these relationships?


Your argument will be much more successful if you argue from sources (i.e., precedent) and logic.


Much of the best information will be contained in books. The library owns many books on the intersection of environmentalism and the built environment.


Try searches like <sustainable architecture> or <sustainable development>. Think of synonms to expand your search such as environment, sustainable, green, conservation, etc.

Library Catalogs


Chinook is the catalog for books and other materials owned by the CU Libraries. Articles are not in Chinook. Search for more broad subjects.


Google Books

Allows you to search within a book for content. This is important for specific buildings because it will allow you to find out if it is talked about in a book but not the main focus. Once you find a book, check our library to see if we own that book.



If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Once requested, the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.


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Your Assignment

The topic is broad. You are allowed to focus on a narrower topic, by using specific examples, as long as itfits within the subject matter of the main topic. It should clearly be of concern to the fields of the built

Finding Articles & Magazines

Articles will be a good source for finding information when you want to argue from precedents, or if you are writing about a specfic example.


Try searches for a specific building or architect. Or search for essays on environmental connections to the built environment. Use synonyms once again like green, environmental, or sustainable.


Use the "Find it at CU" button to search for full text. If there is no digital version available click "Document Delivery/ILL" to request a scanned PDF be e-mailed to you.

Article Databases

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The primary resource for finding architectural articles.


Art Full Text
An excellent general resource for art, art history, architecture, and related topics.



A full-text archive of important scholarly publications in the humanities and social sciences. It covers far fewer journals and so is best used when you need to be able to search the full-text of articles.



Need more databases? Check out all our databases organized by subject here.


Accessing Resources from Off Campus
In order to use the databases listed below (and any other licensed resources provided by the library), you MUST download, install, and run VPN software. For more information about VPN, please see the library's page on Off Campus Access.


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Your Assignment

What is the relationship between the built environment, the natural environment, and other human concerns, and how should we best make decisions about these relationships?

Starting Info & Definitions


The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society is a good place to get quick definations and backgrounds on enviornmental movements.


Finding Articles

Use the following Environmental Studies database if you need supplementary material on the natural environment and environmentalism. You can also find articles on the built environments affect on the natural environment. Try a search like <"built environment">


Environmentalism Resources


A great source for an overview of environmental topics, with journal articles


A source to find articles on the environment and humans positive and negative effects on it.


Environmental sciences and pollution management

A database of articles more focused on the science of the environment and pollution.




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Cite your Sources!

Inline citations and a bibliography are required. The correct number of citations is the number necessary to make your argument, no more and no less.

My preferred citation style is Harvard. I have uploaded a Harvard citation-style guide onto D2L, along withthis assignment sheet.

Formatting Citations

Here are two useful guides to citing in harvard style:



Automate your Bibliography

There are several programs available that allow you to save citations you find on the web and automaticaly generate bibliographies. Using them at the outset of your research means you won't have to go back. These are huge time savers!
Citation Managers


A Firefox plugin that easily captures citations from library catalogs and article databases. Integrates with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice to generate bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations.



Stand alone software that allows you to organize your citations, add pdf's, and annotate. Integrates with word processing software.


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