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  • Types of InformationOnline Catalog – Books can provide general overview OR detailed insight about your topicResearch Databases – 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 imagesThe Web – benefits and limitations for research
  • BooksGood for background information, timeline, definitions, etc. Length allows author to go more in-depth into a subject
  • ArticlesMore specialized searchingBetter for newer artists/designers (may not have books yet)More current information—more recently published
  • Try different search termsDescribe same topic in different ways—can make a differenceOR—EXPANDS YOUR SEARCHEX: Film or videoWall paintings or murals
  • Keyword:Simplest searchLooks for records that match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the wordsControlled Vocabulary (Subjects):Uses subject headings for more refined resultsLooks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.Terms are standardizedOften active linksKeyword: Aboriginal art VSSubject Heading: Art, Australian aboriginal.Keyword: David MalangiVSSubject Heading: Malangi, David, 1927-
  • Subject Headings—Links Advantages: Refine your topicNarrow your focusTake search in new directionFind resources wouldn’t have found otherwise
  • Repeat Process with Databases When looking for relevant articles, start with a general search to see what’s out there… Check out article titles & abstracts. Find something that looks good & go from there. Some databases, like Art Full Text, suggest search terms. Search Strategies Keyword VS Subject Boolean SearchingSave time using Truncation searching…
  • Evaluate the sources you find! Print AND OnlineCRAAP Test: Currency—Is the information out-of-date? Relevance—Is the information on topic? Authority—Who wrote the information? Accuracy—Is the information correct? Purpose—What is the information intended to do? Educate? Persuade? Entertain?

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  • 1. AVT 600 - Research Methodologies
    Jenna Rinalducci
    Visual Arts Liaison Librarian
    October 6, 2010
    AVT 600
  • 2. What are the Steps in the Research Process?
    1. Pick a topic
    6. Finished product (paper, project, thesis…)
  • 3. What are the Steps in the Research Process?
    Pick a topic
    Where to search (catalog, databases)
    How to search (keyword search terms)
    How to get it (find books & articles)
    Is what I’ve got any good (evaluate sources)
    Finished product (paper, project, thesis…)
  • 4. Library Resources
    Library Website:
    Ask-a-Librarian-> IM…
    Library catalog:
    DVD, VHS
    Mason theses
    And more…
  • 5. More Library Resources
    Research Databases
    Arts Databases
    • Art Fulltext
    • 6. Bibliography History of Art (BHA)
    • 7. Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
    • 8. ARTBibliographies Modern
    • 9. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    • 10. ARTstor (images)
  • More Library Databases
    Interdisciplinary Databases
    • Academic Search Complete (Digital Creativity, Visual Studies)
    • 11. ProQuest Research Library (British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
    • 12. Wilson Omnifile (Art Full Text part of database)
    • 13. JSTOR (Museum Studies)
    • 14. Humanities International Complete (Art Asia Pacific, Word & Image)
  • Find and image and want to find out more about the technique?
    From ARTsor Database
    Creator: Rembrandt van Rijn
    Title: Artemisa (Sophonisba Receiving the Poisoned Cup)
    Date: 1634
    Material: Oil on canvas Repository: Museo del Prado
  • 15. Brainstorm: Search Terms
    Rembrandt, Rembrandt van Rijn
    Oil painting, Oil on canvas
    Technique, Painting technique, Painting and Technique
    Chiaroscuro, Light in art, Shades and shadows
    Artist materials
    Dutch, Netherlands
    *Try as general searches & see what you find…
  • 16. Find an image and want to find out more about the artist / his aesthetic?
    20th-century bark painting by Australian Aboriginal artist David Malangi depicts the tree of life …
  • 17. Brainstorm: Search Terms
    David Malangi OR Malangi, David
    Bark, bark painting
    Australia, Australian…
    Aboriginal, aborigine
    Symbolism, Iconography, Tree of Life
    Social life and customs
    *Try as general searches & see what you find…
  • 18. Start with General Search & Then Refine
    Keyword: “bark painting”
    (searches as a phrase)
  • 19. Repeat with Databases
    When looking for relevant articles, start with a general search to see what’s out there…
  • 20. Study in Art & Design
    Benefits of using the library:
    • Wonderful source of both written and visual research opportunities
    • 21. Wide range of material available in general reference, as well as specific books on periods, artists and designers
    • 22. Written & visual sources can provide inspiration, explain techniques, etc.
  • 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.
  • 23. Questions?
    Visual Arts Liaison:Jenna Rinalducci
    Stop by the Reference Desk
    Ask-a-Librarian:IM, etc. (http://library.gmu.edu/ask)