Artist as Researcher and WriterPresentation Transcript
AVT 395The Artist as Researcher & Writer
Library Resources Library Website:
E-books (Net Library)
More Library Resources Research Databases Arts Databases
Bibliography History of Art (BHA)
Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
More Library Databases General Databases
Academic Search Complete (exs: Digital Creativity, Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology)
ProQuest Research Library (ex: British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
Wilson Omnifile(E-Journal Finder lists art journals, like Art in America,as available here)
JSTOR (exs: Artibus et Historiae, Museum Studies)
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
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
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)
Search Strategies Keyword:
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
Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
Terms are standardized
Often active links
Keyword: Aboriginal art VSSubject Heading: Art, Australian aboriginal. Keyword: David Malangi VSSubject Heading: Malangi, David, 1927-
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
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
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
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
Study in Art & Design Benefits of using the library:
Wonderful source of both written and visual research opportunities
Wide range of material available in general reference, as well as specific books on periods, artists and designers
Written & visual sources can provide inspiration, explain techniques, etc.
Evaluate Your Sources
Evaluate the sources you find!
Print AND Online
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 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.
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