This is a presentation on general issues of methodology in the human sciences applied to an education in Urbanism. Our position is that in order to design and plan our cities and regions, students and professionals must underpin their assumptions with solid research. There are basic criteria for any academic endeavour and a set of basic elements in any research project. This presentation discusses these issues and suggests ways to go about the initial literature research. (this presentation is directed to TU Delft Urbanism students).