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  • 1. ARTH 430: TEXTILES AND TRADE
    Oct. 7, 2009
    TIME
    Dr. Lawrence Butler
  • 2. Library Resources
    Library Website:
    • Ask-a-Librarian-> IM…
    • 3. InfoGuides
    Library catalog:
  • More Library Resources
    Research Databases
    Arts Databases
    • Art Fulltext
    • 8. Bibliography History of Art (BHA)
    • 9. Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
    • 10. ARTBibliographies Modern
    • 11. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    • 12. ARTstor
  • More Library Databases
    General Databases
    • Academic Search Complete (exs: Digital Creativity, Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology)
    • 13. ProQuest Research Library (ex: British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
    • 14. Wilson Omnifile(E-Journal Finder lists art journals, like Art in America,as available here)
    • 15. JSTOR (exs: Artibus et Historiae, Museum Studies)
    • 16. Humanities International Complete (exs: Art Asia Pacific, Word & Image)
  • Advantages of…
    Books
    Good for background information, timeline, definitions, etc.
    Length allows author to go more in-depth into a subject
    Articles
    More specialized searching
    Better for newer artists/designers (may not have books yet)
    More current information—more recently published
  • 17. Search Strategies
    Keyword:
    • Simplest search
    • 18. Looks for records that match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the words
    Controlled Vocabulary (Subjects):
    • Uses subject headings for more refined results
    • 19. Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
    • 20. Terms are standardized
    • 21. Often active links
    Keyword: Aboriginal art VSSubject Heading: Art, Australian aboriginal.
    Keyword: David MalangiVSSubject Heading: Malangi, David, 1927-
  • 22. More Search Strategies:Boolean Searching
    AND/OR/NOT
    Combine keywords to narrow/broaden your search
    AND— NARROWS YOUR SEARCH
    EX: Tapestry AND Flemish
    Interior Design AND Color
    OR—EXPANDS YOUR SEARCH
    EX: Film OR videoOR
    Wall paintings OR murals
    NOT—LIMITS TERMS FROM SEARCH
    EX: Gothic NOT Revival
    Maya NOT SoftwareNOT
    Tapestry
    Flemish
    AND
    Wall paintings
    Murals
    Gothic
    Revival
  • 23. 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.
  • 24. Researching Textiles: General Search & Then Refine
    Examples:
  • 25. Find an image and want to find out more
    Title: Court Kilim (detail)
    Work Type: Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects & Interior Design, Islamic Carpets
    Dynasty: Ottoman
    Date: 17th or 18th c.
    Creation site: possibly Turkey, Egypt, or Syria
    Material: wool; tapestry woven; slit tapestry
    Description: With carnation & other floral motifs
    From ARTstor
  • 26. Brainstorm: Search Terms
  • Approaching Your Search & Evaluating Your Results
    General Keyword Search
    Start with a keyword search
    Use 1 or 2 terms from the brainstorming activity
    Check out book/article titles on the results page & any extra info like a table or contents or abstract
    Find a good book or article, look at the subject headings
    Subject Heading Links
    Advantages:
    Refine your topic
    Narrow your focus
    Take search in new direction
    Find resources wouldn’t have found otherwise
  • 36. Evaluate Your Sources
    Evaluate the sources you find!
    Print AND Online
    CRAAP Test:
    • Currency—Is the information out-of-date?
    • 37. Relevance—Is the information on topic?
    • 38. Authority—Whowrote the information?
    • 39. Accuracy—Is the information correct?
    • 40. Purpose—Whatis the information intended to do? Educate? Persuade? Entertain?
  • Questions
    Stop by the Reference Desk
    Ask-a-Librarian:IM, Email, etc. (http://library.gmu.edu/ask)
    Call the reference desk at 703/993-2210
    OR your liaison 703/993-3720
    InfoGuides(http://infoguides.gmu.edu/)
    Visual Arts Liaison:Jenna Rinalducci