About the Knowledge Center
Creating Your Own Search Terms
Combining Terms in a Search
Searching for a Phrase
Searching for an Author
Interpreting Your Search Results
Sorting Your Search Results
I Found an Article. How do I Get a Copy?
Pre-Selected Terms Defined
Client Types Defined
Resource Types Defined
About the Calendar
Searching for an Event on a Particular Date
Searching for a Chapter Event
Searching for an Event in a Particular Location
Adding a Calendar Event
Searching for a CEU
Frequently Asked Questions
Browser/Operating System Support
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Gateway to information to support your professional and research needs
Calendar of Events
Networking and eductional events. Searchable by date, type of event, and location
Continuing Education Courses IDCEC-approved continuing education courses
Locate research by using:
Pre-selected Terms IIDA has developed a list of topics relevant
to the study of Interior Design. Click on the Research tab to view this list.
Own Search Terms Enter keywords that describe your research needs.
Click on the Research tab to access the search box. The Knowledge Center retrieves
resources that contain those terms in the title, author or abstract.
You can link terms in a search. The software searches the title, description, abstract
and author fields for occurrences of your term. The Knowledge Center accepts these
linking terms in a search:
and narrows your search so it has to include all search terms
or broadens your search
not excludes a particular term from your search.
To find an exact phrase, enter it into the search box without any connectors or
quotation marks. For example:
shelter in place
The software searches for all occurrences of the exact phrase in the title, author,
description or abstract fields.
To search for two or more phrases, enclose them in quotation marks and include a
connector. For example:
"commercial design" and "design studio"
The software searches for all occurrences of both these phrases in the title, author,
description or abstract fields.
When you choose a pre-selected topic, your search results are displayed in alphabetical
When you use your own search terms, your search results display in order of their
relevance to your original search terms.
To view a more detailed record for an item, click on the item’s title. Use the Back
to Search Results link to go back to your list of resources.
You can sort your results in different ways using radio buttons on the search results
To see your search results sorted by:
Client Type - (Corporate, Healthcare, Government, etc.) Click the Client
Type radio button. Click the Search button.
Resource Type - (Book, Journal article, Website, etc.) Click the Resource
Type radio button. Click the Search button.
Pre-selected topic - (Sustainability, Space Planning, Acoustics,
etc) Click the Topic radio button. Click the Search button.
Each item has an availability icon that tells you how you can obtain a copy of the
text. Click on Go to Website. This sends you to another website
where you can
obtain the full text of the item.
Click on Download this Resource on the Results page.
only. Check with your local or corporate library or contact the publisher
to obtain a copy.
AAHID Study Guide
Materials necessary to study for the AAHID exam.
Music, noise, soundmasking, privacy
Equipment, video, distance learning, conferencing
Codes and Standards
Animation, virtual reality, sketching, computer rendering, software usage
Concepts relating to the creative process, inspiration, impact of design on the
Design curriculum, teaching methodology, classroom issues
History of interior design
Electrical and Telecommunications
Restorativeness, healing environments, emotional impact of design
Effect of design on productivity and motivation in the office and the classroom
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment
Historic Preservation / Adaptive Reuse
Includes indoor air quality, building systems
Impact of Design
Economic effects of design, return on investment in design
Doing business overseas
Issues Facing Profession
Image of the profession, body of knowledge issues, regulation
Licensure, certification, local, state, federal regulations
Statistics, business management, acquiring new clients
Programming and Planning
Research, problem analysis, needs assessment, aesthetic considerations, organizing
concepts, code review, budget requirements, scheduling requirements
Teamwork, team communications, costing, budgeting, working with the client, coordination,
time planning, fees, monitoring progress, contracts, documentation
Product research, sourcing, specifying
Security / Safety
Crime prevention, anti-terrorism, disaster prevention, accident prevention
Signage and Wayfinding
Space needs, adjacency requirements, square footage per employee
Urban Planning and Design
Schools, museums, libraries, government facilities
Hospitals, clinics, medical offices, nursing homes, assisted living, aging in place
Hotels, motels, spas, restaurants
Articles from peer-reviewed sources
Conference Paper / Presentation
Article, lecture given at a conference. Powerpoint presentations. Videos, podcasts
Reports produced by companies or vendors involved in the design field
Items from trade journals and the popular press
Reports issued by non-profit or research organizations
The Knowledge Center calendar lists upcoming interior design chapter, networking and educational events. You can search for an event by date, type or location.
The calendar is updated regularly and accepts submissions by members and non-members. If you are a member, use your member logon to gain access to the calendar submission feature. Non-members, contact IIDA Headquarters to obtain a logon.
The software displays all future events involving this chapter. Use the Event Type
dropdown list to limit your search to a particular type of chapter event.
The software displays all future events involving this chapter.
Use the Event Type dropdown list to limit your search to a particular type of event
in that area.
Choose from the following:
IIDA Networking Event
Include brief description of event
The software automatically inserts the http:// prefix before the web address
Information on member and non-member fees. Include information on student fees if
Use the Calendar feature to choose dates
Name of person to contact for further information about the event
Address for registration or further information
Not required. Any additional information that is available about registering
How do I obtain a logon?
To search or browse you do not need to log on. If you want to submit an item, enter
the same logon you use to access the IIDA website.
How do I report a problem or leave feedback?
Click on the Feedback tab. An IIDA staff person will follow up with you.
How do I obtain a copy of an "offline" publication?
Check with your corporate, university or public library. They may be able to obtain
an item for you through interlibrary loan.
I have a resource I would like to include in the Knowledge Center.
Click on the Feedback tab. Include as much information about the resource as possible. The Knowledge Center librarian will contact you.
The Knowledge Center supports the following operating systems and browser software:
Operating System: Windows 98 or higher
Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher
Netscape 7.0 or higher
Mozilla 1.7 or higher
Firefox 1.0 or higher
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3
Safari 1.2 (2.0.3 current version)
Firefox 1.0 (1.5 current version)
Internet Explorer for Macintosh is not supported
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