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 Print AND OnlineCRAAP Test: Currency—Is the information out-of-date?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?
Avt 600 research methodologies
AVT 600 - Research Methodologies<br />Jenna Rinalducci<br />Visual Arts Liaison Librarian<br />Wednesday<br />October 6, 2010<br />1:30PM-4:10PM<br />AVT 600<br />
What are the Steps in the Research Process?<br />1. Pick a topic<br />2.<br />3.<br />4.<br />5.<br />6. Finished product (paper, project, thesis…)<br />
What are the Steps in the Research Process?<br />Pick a topic<br />Where to search (catalog, databases)<br />How to search (keyword search terms)<br />How to get it (find books & articles)<br />Is what I’ve got any good (evaluate sources)<br />Finished product (paper, project, thesis…)<br />
Humanities International Complete (Art Asia Pacific, Word & Image)</li></li></ul><li>Find and image and want to find out more about the technique?<br />From ARTsor Database<br />Creator: Rembrandt van Rijn <br />Title: Artemisa (Sophonisba Receiving the Poisoned Cup) <br />Date: 1634 <br />Material: Oil on canvas Repository: Museo del Prado <br />
Brainstorm: Search Terms<br />Rembrandt, Rembrandt van Rijn <br />Oil painting, Oil on canvas<br />Technique, Painting technique, Painting and Technique<br />Chiaroscuro, Light in art, Shades and shadows<br />Artist materials<br />Dutch, Netherlands<br />*Try as general searches & see what you find…<br />
Find an image and want to find out more about the artist / his aesthetic?<br />20th-century bark painting by Australian Aboriginal artist David Malangi depicts the tree of life … <br />http://student.britannica.com/comptons/art-51313/A-20th-century-bark-painting-by-Australian-Aboriginal-artist-David?&articleTypeId=31<br />
Brainstorm: Search Terms<br />David Malangi OR Malangi, David<br />Bark, bark painting<br />Australia, Australian…<br />Oceanic<br />Aboriginal, aborigine <br />Symbolism, Iconography, Tree of Life<br />Social life and customs<br />*Try as general searches & see what you find…<br />
Start with General Search & Then Refine<br />Keyword: “bark painting” <br />(searches as a phrase)<br />
Repeat with Databases<br />When looking for relevant articles, start with a general search to see what’s out there…<br />
Study in Art & Design<br />Benefits of using the library:<br /><ul><li> 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.</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 />
Questions? <br />Visual Arts Liaison:Jenna Rinalducci<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />703-993-3720<br />Stop by the Reference Desk<br />Ask-a-Librarian:IM, etc. (http://library.gmu.edu/ask) <br />InfoGuides(http://infoguides.gmu.edu/) <br />
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