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  • Books– Can provide general overview OR detailed insight about your topicArticles—Access to different types of periodicals (articles, reports…)Primary Sources – Original records like letters, manuscripts, newspapers, interviews, photos, recordings, works of artReference Sources – From background information to images
  • Whether artists statement or thesis, needs to be well researched & writtenEthically—artist statement to thesisDefineYour Topic (Identify main concepts; Narrow or broaden topic; List of search terms )DetermineYour Information Needs (how current, specific publication type)Locate and Retrieve Relevant Information (search strategies)Access Information using Technology (catalog, databases, web)Evaluate Information (print & electronic)UseInformation Ethically (cite sources)
  • CRAAP Test:Currency—Is the information out-of-date? Relevance—Is the information on topic?Authority—Whowrote the information?Accuracy—Is the information correct?Purpose—Whatis the information intended to do? Educate? Persuade? Entertain?
  • Research Methodology in the Arts

    1. 1. Research Methodologies<br />Spring 2011<br />Department of History & Art History<br />Art History Program<br />
    2. 2. Library Resources<br />Library Website:<br /><ul><li>Ask-a-Librarian-> IM…
    3. 3. InfoGuides( </li></ul>Library catalog:<br /><ul><li>Books
    4. 4. E-books
    5. 5. DVD, VHS
    6. 6. WRLC
    7. 7. And more…</li></li></ul><li>More Library Resources<br />Research Databases<br />Arts Databases<br /><ul><li>Art Fulltext
    8. 8. Bibliography History of Art (BHA)/International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
    9. 9. Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
    10. 10. ARTBibliographies Modern
    11. 11. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals</li></li></ul><li>More Library Resources<br />Research Databases<br />Image Databases<br /><ul><li>ARTstor
    12. 12. Art Museum Image Gallery
    13. 13. Oxford Art Online</li></ul>Other Sources<br /><ul><li>Books
    14. 14. Articles
    15. 15. Museum websites</li></li></ul><li>More Library Databases<br />Interdisciplinary Databases<br /><ul><li>Academic Search Complete (Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology)
    16. 16. ProQuest Research Library (British Journal of Photography)
    17. 17. JSTOR (Artibus et Historiae)
    18. 18. Humanities International Complete (Art Asia Pacific, Word & Image)</li></li></ul><li>Types of Information<br />Books<br />general overview OR detailed insight about your topic<br />Articles<br />Different types of periodicals (scholarly articles, conference reports…)<br />Primary Sources <br />Original records like letters, interviews, recordings, works of art<br />Reference Sources <br />Background information<br />The Web<br />Benefits & limitations for research<br />
    19. 19. Research Process<br />DefineYour Topic<br />DetermineYour Information Needs<br />Locate and Retrieve Relevant Information<br />Access Information using Technology<br />Evaluate Information<br />UseInformation Ethically<br />
    20. 20. What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?<br />1. Pick a topic<br />2. Where to search (catalog, databases)<br />3. How to search (keywords)<br />4. How to get it (find the article)<br />5. Is what I found any good<br />6. Write the paper<br />
    21. 21. Tips & Tricks<br />State your topic as a question.<br />Identify concepts.<br />Narrow or broaden your topic.<br />Keep a list of search terms that work for your topic & add as you go.<br />Works whether you’re writing a brief paper or an in-depth research paper.<br />
    22. 22. Find an image you want to explore?<br />Title: Aboriginal Bark painting of funeral ceremony with kangaroo on Croker Island<br />Location: Musee des Arts Africains et Oceaniens<br />Subjects: Australia; Archaeology; Religions; New Zealand; Aboriginal Culture; Death; Beliefs; Burial<br />
    23. 23. Brainstorm: Search Terms<br />Bark, bark painting<br />Australia, Australian…<br />Oceanic<br />Aboriginal, aborigine <br />Funeral, burial<br />*Try as general searches & see what you find…<br />
    24. 24. Let’s try searching…<br /><br />
    25. 25. Start with General Search & Then Refine<br />Keyword: “bark painting”<br />Example from Library Catalog<br />Use similar approach in databases<br />
    26. 26. Subject Headings Links<br />Advantages: <br />Refine your topic<br />Narrow your focus<br />Take search in new direction<br />Find resources wouldn’t have found otherwise<br />Databases offer similar features<br />
    27. 27. Individual Record—Book<br />
    28. 28. Individual Record—Article<br />
    29. 29. Advantages of…<br />Books<br />Good for background information, timeline, definitions, etc. <br />Length allow author to go more in-depth into a subject<br />Articles<br />More specialized searching<br />Better for newer artists/designers (may not have books yet)<br />More current information—more recently published<br />
    30. 30. Evaluate Your Sources<br /><ul><li>Evaluate (& cite) sources
    31. 31. Print ANDOnline
    32. 32. CRAAP Test:
    33. 33. Currency
    34. 34. Relevance
    35. 35. Authority
    36. 36. Accuracy
    37. 37. Purpose</li></li></ul><li>Starbucks SyndromeKeyword vs. Subject Searching<br />Keyword:<br /><ul><li>Simplest search
    38. 38. Looks for records that match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the words
    39. 39. Good place to start</li></ul>Controlled Vocabulary (Subjects):<br /><ul><li>Use for more refined results
    40. 40. Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
    41. 41. Terms are standardized
    42. 42. Often active links</li></ul>Diego Rivera AND Portrait vs. Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957.ANDPortrait painting, Mexican --20th century.<br />
    43. 43. Search Strategies<br /><ul><li>Keyword:
    44. 44. Simplest search
    45. 45. Looks for records that match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the words
    46. 46. Controlled Vocabulary (Subjects):
    47. 47. Uses subject headings for more refined results
    48. 48. Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
    49. 49. Terms are standardized
    50. 50. Often active links</li></li></ul><li>More Search Strategies<br />AND/OR/NOT<br />Combine keywords to narrow/broaden your search<br />AND— NARROWS YOUR SEARCH<br />EX: Interior Design AND Color<br />OR—EXPANDS YOUR SEARCH<br />EX: Film or videoOR<br />Wall paintings or murals<br />NOT—LIMITS TERMS FROM SEARCH <br />NOT<br /> Color<br />Interior <br />design<br />AND<br />Film<br />Video<br />Software<br />Maya<br />
    51. 51. Questions?<br />Visual Arts Liaison Librarian<br />Email<br />Call<br />Make a research appointment<br />Other options<br />Infoguides:<br />IM<br />Reference Desk<br />