Start your research by identifying your topic. Determine the name and location of your building or site.
Many buildings retain the same name for centuries, while others (e.g. stadiums, academic buildings, museums, etc.) may change names over time. The same is true for sites and place names. For example:
You can use these resources to help you identify your topic. They include place-name lists, thesauri, and online building directories.
Once you have chosen a building or site, conduct a quick search using one of the resources outlined below to begin building a list of terms you can search for information with. Try finding other names the building or site might be known by or different place-names that may have been used or might still be in use.
A few things to consider when you are building a list of keywords:
The resources below can be used to help verify place names, building names, and keywords. They should be used in conjunction with journal and periodical databases, book searches, and other tools you will use in your built heritage project.