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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 

Fall 2021 - in-class handout and "assessing the web" link (handout sect. A)

Exercise - Assessing a Carpentry resource on the web

After our class introduction to evaluating information online using the SIFT method (and thinking about different 'purposes' the results we find might have), practice in groups by assessing this website on construction trends.

  • This is the same link that is mentioned in SECTION A of our Library Research Worksheet.

Katie's example - evaluating a Seattle news item

This is the website Katie evaluated in class when we introduced the SIFT method. Don't use the link below for the handout exercise.

Creating Presentations with PowerPoint

Creating PowerPoints & Using Sources in your Own Work

PowerPoint from outline to presentation on LinkedIn Learning