AVT 395The Artist as Researcher & Writer<br />
Library Resources<br />Library Website:<br /><ul><li>Ask-a-Librarian-> IM…
InfoGuides</li></ul>Library catalog:<br /><ul><li>Books
E-books (Net Library)
DVD, VHS
WRLC
And more…</li></li></ul><li>More Library Resources<br />Research Databases<br />Arts Databases<br /><ul><li>Art Fulltext
Bibliography History of Art (BHA)
Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
ARTBibliographies Modern
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals</li></li></ul><li>More Library Databases<br />General Databases<br /><ul><li>Acad...
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)</li></li></ul><li>Types of Information<br />Online...
Advantages of…<br />Books<br />Good for background information, timeline, definitions, etc. <br />Length allows author to ...
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  • Artist as Researcher and Writer

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