These are some helpful guides to conducting research related to history, architectural history, construction and visual design:
Borden, Iain. The Dissertation: An Architecture Student's Handbook. Amsterdam & Boston: Architectural Press, 2006. ARCH Reference NA2108.B67 2006
Cronon, William. "Learning to Do Historical Research: A Primer." Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fall 2008). Online at: http://www.williamcronon.net/researching/website.htm
Fellows, Richard. Research Methods for Construction. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1997. Available to Tulane affiliates as an e-book via EBSCO. Consult Tulane University Libraries' online catalog for link.
Groat, Linda N. Architectural Research Methods. New York: Wiley, 2002. ARCH NA2000.G76 2002
Sanoff, Henry. Visual Research Methods in Design. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991. ARCH NA2750.S25 1991