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  • Whether artists statement or thesis, needs to be well researched & writtenEthically—artist statement to thesis
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    • 1. AVT 395The Artist as Researcher & Writer
    • 2. Library Resources
      Library Website:
      • Ask-a-Librarian-> IM…
      • 3. InfoGuides
      Library catalog:
    • More Library Resources
      Research Databases
      Arts Databases
      • Art Fulltext
      • 8. Bibliography History of Art (BHA)
      • 9. Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
      • 10. ARTBibliographies Modern
      • 11. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    • More Library Databases
      General Databases
      • Academic Search Complete (exs: Digital Creativity, Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology)
      • 12. ProQuest Research Library (ex: British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
      • 13. Wilson Omnifile(E-Journal Finder lists art journals, like Art in America,as available here)
      • 14. JSTOR (exs: Artibus et Historiae, Museum Studies)
      • 15. Humanities International Complete (exs: Art Asia Pacific, Word & Image)
    • Types of Information
      Online Catalog – Books can provide general overview OR detailed insight about your topic
      Research Databases – access to different types of periodicals (articles, reports…)
      Primary Sources – Original records like letters, manuscripts, newspapers, interviews, photos, recordings, works of art
      Reference Sources – From background information to images
      The Web – benefits and limitations for research
    • 16. Advantages of…
      Books
      Good for background information, timeline, definitions, etc.
      Length allows author to go more in-depth into a subject
      Articles
      More specialized searching
      Better for newer artists/designers (may not have books yet)
      More current information—more recently published
    • 17. Research Process
      DefineYour 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)
    • 18. Search Strategies
      Keyword:
      • Simplest search
      • 19. Looks for records that match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the words
      Controlled Vocabulary (Subjects):
      • Uses subject headings for more refined results
      • 20. Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
      • 21. Terms are standardized
      • 22. Often active links
      Keyword: Aboriginal art VSSubject Heading: Art, Australian aboriginal.
      Keyword: David Malangi VSSubject Heading: Malangi, David, 1927-
    • 23. More Search StrategiesBoolean Searching
      AND/OR/NOT
      Combine keywords to narrow/broaden your search
      AND— NARROWS YOUR SEARCH
      EX: Interior Design AND Color
      OR—EXPANDS YOUR SEARCH
      EX: Film or videoOR
      Wall paintings or murals
      NOT—LIMITS TERMS FROM SEARCH
      NOT
      Color
      Interior
      design
      AND
      Wall paintings
      Murals
      Maya
      Software
    • 24. More Search StrategiesTruncation
      Save time using Truncation searching…
      In the catalog:
      Photograph? -> Photograph, Photographs, Photography, Photographic, Photographer
      In the databases:
      Architect* -> Architect, Architecture, Architectural, Architecturally, Architectonic
    • 25. Is a photograph a depiction of reality? How is photography art?
      North Dome, Basket Dome, Mount Hoffman, Yosemite
      Artist: Ansel Adams, born San Francisco, CA 1902-died Monterey, CA 1984
      Medium: silver print on paper
      Type: Photography-Photoprint
      Date: ca. 1935
      Topics:
      LandscapeCalifornia
      Landscapeird's eye view
      LandscapeparkYosemite National Park
      LandscapemountainMount Hoffman
      Data Source:
      Smithsonian American Art Museum
    • 26. Brainstorm
      Ansel Adams or Adams, Ansel as Subject
      Photography, photograph…
      Yosemite, Yosemite National Park, California, Mount Hoffman
      National Parks
      Landscapes or Landscape Photography
      Natural history-> narrow to Natural history—West (U.S.)
      Nature photography
      Photography, artistic
    • 27. Study in Art & Design
      Benefits of using the library:
      • Wonderful source of both written and visual research opportunities
      • 28. Wide range of material available in general reference, as well as specific books on periods, artists and designers
      • 29. Written & visual sources can provide inspiration, explain techniques, etc.
    • Evaluate Your Sources
      • Evaluate the sources you find!
      • 30. Print AND Online
      • 31. CRAAP Test:
      • 32. Currency—Is the information out-of-date?
      • 33. Relevance—Is the information on topic?
      • 34. Authority—Whowrote the information?
      • 35. Accuracy—Is the information correct?
      • 36. Purpose—Whatis the information intended to do? Educate? Persuade? Entertain?
    • Research Checklist
      State your topic as a question.
      Identify main concepts.
      Narrow or broaden your topic.
      Keep a list of terms that work best for your topic & add to it as you go.
      This works whether you’re writing a brief paper or an in-depth research paper. It even works for an artists statement, thesis proposal, or bibliography.
    • 37. Questions
      Stop by the Reference Desk
      Ask-a-Librarian:IM, Email, etc. (http://library.gmu.edu/ask)
      Call the reference desk or your liaison
      InfoGuides(http://infoguides.gmu.edu/)
      Visual Arts Liaison:Jenna Rinalducci

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