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Carpentry: Home

Welcome to your Carpentry Research Guide!


You can use this guide to give you more information on library resources available for carpentry and construction topics, locate federal and state statistics and administrative code, and find safety information on a variety of construction topics. Use the tabs above to navigate through the guide.

Thinking About How to Start: Research is a Process

Source: "Research is a Process" by Anna Eisen, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

This video discusses research as inquiry, specifically the importance of scholarly research, understanding the scholarly sources and vocabulary used in a field, developing research questions, and adding to the academic conversation with research and writing.

In this video, the narrator talks about the "academic discussion." You can think about the "Professional Discussion" in a similar way-- doing research can help you answer questions or recommend the best methods by using evidence-driven practices.

Places that might contain valuable professional information:

  • Health and Safety Organizations (OSHA, CDC, Washington L&I)
  • Regulating Bodies (government; municipal codes; professional credentialing groups -e.g. licensing, etc.)
  • Professional Organizations
  • Trade Publications for carpenters, construction workers, or related fields
  • Research or Policy papers on related topics 

Spring 2021 - Library Research Lesson

Class Videos - Opens in Panopto

  • You can use the Panopto video table of contents on the left to move to different parts of the video. (The quizzes in the video will require you to submit an answer before advancing the video past the quiz.)
  • If you would like to "speed up" the video pace, you can choose that on the lower-right of the video. 
  • Closed captioning is available (select the "CC icon" below the video run bar).

screenshot of the CC and playback speed icons on a Panopto video

Exercise - Assessing a Carpentry resource on the web

After viewing the "Introduction" video above where we go over information types and authority for professional-level presentations, practice (or review) by assessing this website on construction trends.

  • This is the same link that is in SECTION A of our Library Research Worksheet.
If you're using the Winter version of our worksheet -- that asks you about the "Seismic Retrofitting Course" -- that link is below:

Once you've finished the exercise in "Section A" of the worksheet, use the remaining videos to complete "Section B" and "Section C"

Creating Presentations with PowerPoint

Creating PowerPoints & Using Sources in your Own Work

PowerPoint from outline to presentation on LinkedIn Learning