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Avt 600 research methodologiesPresentation Transcript
AVT 600 - Research Methodologies Jenna Rinalducci Visual Arts Liaison Librarian Wednesday October 6, 2010 1:30PM-4:10PM AVT 600
What are the Steps in the Research Process? 1. Pick a topic 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Finished product (paper, project, thesis…)
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…)
ProQuest Research Library (British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
Wilson Omnifile (Art Full Text part of database)
JSTOR (Museum Studies)
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
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…
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 … http://student.britannica.com/comptons/art-51313/A-20th-century-bark-painting-by-Australian-Aboriginal-artist-David?&articleTypeId=31
Brainstorm: Search Terms David Malangi OR Malangi, David Bark, bark painting Australia, Australian… Oceanic Aboriginal, aborigine Symbolism, Iconography, Tree of Life Social life and customs *Try as general searches & see what you find…
Start with General Search & Then Refine Keyword: “bark painting” (searches as a phrase)
Repeat with Databases When looking for relevant articles, start with a general search to see what’s out there…
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.
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? Visual Arts Liaison:Jenna Rinalducci email@example.com 703-993-3720 Stop by the Reference Desk Ask-a-Librarian:IM, etc. (http://library.gmu.edu/ask) InfoGuides(http://infoguides.gmu.edu/)