Academic Search Complete (exs: Digital Creativity, Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology)
ProQuest Research Library (ex: British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
Wilson Omnifile(E-Journal Finder lists art journals, like Art in America,as available here)
JSTOR (exs: Artibus et Historiae, Museum Studies)
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
Keyword: Aboriginal art VSSubject Heading: Art, Australian aboriginal. Keyword: David MalangiVSSubject Heading: Malangi, David, 1927-
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
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.
Researching Textiles: General Search & Then Refine Examples:
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
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
Evaluate Your Sources Evaluate the sources you find! Print AND Online CRAAP Test:
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