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  • Whether artists statement or thesis, needs to be well researched & writtenEthically—artist statement to thesisDefineYour 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)


  • 1. HNRS 122: Reading the ArtsThe Harlem RenaissanceTuesday, February 1, 2011 10:30AM Prof. LaNitra Berger Visual Arts Librarian: Jenna Rinalducci
  • 2. Where to Search? Library Resources
    Library Website:
    Ask-a-Librarian-> IM…
    InfoGuides (
    Library catalog:
    DVD, VHS
    And more…
  • 3. More Library Resources
    Research Databases—Arts Databases
    Art Fulltext
    Bibliography History of Art (BHA) & International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
    Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
    ARTBibliographies Modern
    Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Oxford Art Online
  • 4. Subject Databases
    Search topic more in-depth
    Specialized journals not in general databases
    Not as many “off-topic” results
    Unique search options
    Not sure where to start?
    Research Databases by Subject
    InfoGuides—Find Articles/Core Databases
  • 5. More Research Databases
    Interdisciplinary Databases
    Academic Search Complete
    ProQuest Research Library
    Humanities International Complete
    African American Studies
    Black Thought and Culture
    Black Studies Center
    African American Biographical Database
  • 6. Getting the Article…
    Step 1: Is the article available full-text in the database? No. Then follow these steps.
    Step 2: Mason Link
    Step 3: Go to the E-Journal Finder if no Mason Link
    Step 4: Mason Library Catalog
    Step 5: WRLC Consortium Loan Service
    Step 6: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • 7. Finding Images
    Oxford Art Online
    Art Museum Image Gallery
    Museum websites
  • 8. Example from ARTstorImages Saved to Personal “Image Group”
  • 9. Find an image you want to explore?
    Creator: Aaron Douglas, North American; American, 1899 – 1979
    Title: Aspiration
    Work Type: Paintings
    Date: 1936
    Material: oil on canvas
    Measurements: 60 x 60 (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
    Repository: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, California, USA)
    *From ARTstor
  • 10. Brainstorm: Search Terms
    Artist: Aaron Douglas OR Douglas, Aaron
    Medium:Painting; Oil on canvas
    Geography:American OR United States; New York City OR New York (N.Y.); Harlem
    Imagery:industry or labor; urban or city on the hill; slavery; chains; migration; storm; plinth; circles; waves; stars; education; accomplishments in architecture, chemistry, geography
    Related:Harlem Renaissance; African American Art; monochromatic; art and politics; art and history; race relations; Great Depression or Depressions --1929 --United States; influences; culture; style
    *Try as general searches & see what you find…
  • 11. The Starbucks Syndrome
    Keyword vs. Subject Searching
    • Simplest search
    • 12. Looks for records that match the words
    typed, not the ideas represented by the
    Controlled Vocabulary (Subjects):
    • Use subject headings for more refined results
    • 13. Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
    • 14. Terms are standardized
    • 15. Often active links
    Let’s try searching…
  • 16. Research Process
    • DefineYour Topic
    • 17. DetermineYour Information Needs
    • 18. Locateand Retrieve Relevant Information
    • 19. AccessInformation using Technology
    • 20. EvaluateInformation
    • 21. UseInformation Ethically
  • Tips & Tricks
    State your topic as a question.
    Identify main concepts.
    Narrow or broaden your topic.
    Keep a list of search terms that work for your topic & add as you go.
    Works whether you’re writing a brief paper or an in-depth research paper.
  • 22. What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?
    1. Pick a topic
    6. Write the paper
  • 23. What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?
    1. Pick a topic
    2. Where to search (catalog, databases)
    3. How to search (keywords)
    4. How to get it (find the article)
    5. Is what I found any good
    6. Write the paper
  • 24. What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?
    1. Where to search (catalog, databases)…
    2. How to search (keywords)…
    3. How to get it (find the article)…
    4. Is what I found any good…
  • 25. Questions?
    Reference Desk: call or stop by
    Research consultation