Finding texts: a guide for History of Art Students

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Finding texts: a guide for History of Art Students

  1. 1. Finding Information Resources 5 steps to find what you need for the Field Work Module Ned Potter History of Art Academic Liaison Librarian
  2. 2. STEP 1: BOOKS
  3. 3. STEP 2: BOOK CHAPTERS
  4. 4. STEP 3: JOURNALS – search for the title of the journal, not the article. Milner-White, E. ‘The resurrection of a fourteenth-century window’, The Burlington Magazine, 94, 589 (1952), 108-112.
  5. 5. STEP 3: JOURNALS – search for the title of the journal, not the article. (If necessary, refine your results to just journals.)
  6. 6. STEP 3: JOURNALS – search for the title of the journal, not the article. (If necessary, refine your results to just journals.) A quick demo
  7. 7. Got it?
  8. 8. Got it? Reference: Aberth, J. ‘The sculpted heads and figures in the Chapter House of York Minster.’, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 142 (1989), 37-45. What is the first word on the second page..?
  9. 9. STEP 4: Reading around a topic. Where do you go for background information?
  10. 10. STEP 4: Reading around a topic. Where do you go for background information?
  11. 11. …won’t find everything!
  12. 12. http://wallpapers5.com/wallpaper/Tip-of-the-Iceberg/
  13. 13. Google searches here… http://wallpapers5.com/wallpaper/Tip-of-the-Iceberg/
  14. 14. The DEEP web http://wallpapers5.com/wallpaper/Tip-of-the-Iceberg/
  15. 15. • Intranets (internal internet sites) • Academic databases • Unlinked sites which haven’t told Google they exist, or have asked to remain unlisted • Basically, anything that needs a password The DEEP web http://wallpapers5.com/wallpaper/Tip-of-the-Iceberg/
  16. 16. But it will find a LOT. If you’re getting too many results back, try adding more words to your search terms, or repeating the key words.
  17. 17. Avoid the filter bubble http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/06/15/youre-in-a-bubble/ Sign out of Google when you search…
  18. 18. Or use DuckDuckGo.com for filter-free academic searching…
  19. 19. Wikipedia and Social Media (e.g Facebook, Twitter etc) have something in common – they’re both difficult to cite in an academic essay, but they both link to really good resources you can legitimately cite…
  20. 20. STEP 4: Reading around a topic. So Google is useful, Wikipedia is useful, but they’re both flawed – if you need background info you can cite, and you want really authoritative writing, where do you go?
  21. 21. STEP 4: Reading around a topic. So Google is useful, Wikipedia is useful, but they’re both flawed – if you need background info you can cite, and you want really authoritative writing, where do you go? Bye bye: Hello: Go to sections five and six of the booklet and follow them through, searching for whatever you’re interested in
  22. 22. STEP 5: FINDING ARTICLES ON A TOPIC. The most important step?
  23. 23. SubjectGuides will save your life!
  24. 24. Online bibliographic databases References to articles, books, chapters in books – not full text Sometimes links to full text elsewhere Indexes large number of journals
  25. 25. Online bibliographic databases References to articles, books, chapters in books – not full text Sometimes links to full text elsewhere Indexes large number of journals Contains reference to articles: title, author, which journal it’s in. But NOT the full text of the journal. Tells you what has been published on your topic, but doesn’t contain the full text. Bib databases include details of lots more journals than an archive includes; an art database will index a huge amount. So there are advantages and disadvantages to each. When doing your research, need to use both types.
  26. 26. Online journal archives Complete copies of journals online Searches across full text of journal Some contain volumes back to 1800s
  27. 27. Online journal archives Complete copies of journals online Searches across full text of journal Some contain volumes back to 1800s Like a giant, electronic bookshelf full of journals. Contains complete copies of journals, so you’re searching across full-text of every article in the journal. JSTOR good for humanities; contains 168 art journals.
  28. 28. An exercise to bring it all together: compiling a bibliography Find at least 3 books and 3 journal articles/book chapters on the stained glass and the Chapter House in York Minster.
  29. 29. An exercise to bring it all together: compiling a bibliography Find at least 3 books and 3 journal articles/book chapters on the stained glass and the Chapter House in York Minster. Search the library catalogue (Section 2 of the booklet) Use the search tips from Sections 3 and 4 of the booklet Access the SubjectGuides (Section 5) and search JSTOR, Project MUSE and the Bibliography of the History of Art (Section 7 of the booklet)
  30. 30. Thank you for listening! See you in week 5 for the Images workshop. Find resources for your subject: subjectguides.york.ac.uk/historyofart Find us on Slideshare: Slideshare.net/UniofYorkLibrary Find us on Twitter: UoYLibrary The Digital Scholarship blog: digitallearningblog.york.ac.uk/
  31. 31. Images credits: Laptop by sgback, via stock.xchng: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1314865 Google logo via www.google.com, Wikipedia logo via http://en.wikipedia.org/, DuckDuckGo logo via www.duckduckgo.com Jstor logo via www.jstor.org, Project Muse logo via http://muse.jhu.edu/ , Peridoicals Online logo via http://pao.chadwyck.co.uk/ Iceberg via Wallpapers5: http://wallpapers5.com/wallpaper/Tip-of-the-Iceberg/ Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google+, Wikipedia and notepad icons via www.iconfinder.com Lifesaver via sleepychinchilla: www.flickr.com/photos/sleepychinchilla/2866666262/sizes/l/in/photostream/

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