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Research Methodology for the Arts

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Presentation based on in-class library instruction for Art Research Methods. Created by J. Rinalducci

Presentation based on in-class library instruction for Art Research Methods. Created by J. Rinalducci

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  • Whether artists statement or thesis, needs to be well researched & writtenEthically—artist statement to thesis
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    • 1. Research Methodologies:
      The Arts
    • 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
    • More Library Databases
      General Databases
      • Academic Search Complete (exs: Digital Creativity, Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology)
      • 12. ProQuest Research Library (ex: British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
      • 13. Wilson Omnifile(E-Journal Finder lists art journals, like Art in America,as available here)
      • 14. JSTOR (exs: Artibus et Historiae, Museum Studies)
      • 15. Humanities International Complete (exs: Art Asia Pacific, Word & Image)
    • Types of Information
      Online Catalog – Books can provide general overview OR detailed insight about your topic
      Research Databases – access to different types of periodicals (articles, reports…)
      Primary Sources – Original records like letters, manuscripts, newspapers, interviews, photos, recordings, works of art
      Reference Sources – From background information to images
      The Web – benefits and limitations for research
    • 16. Research Process
      DefineYour 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)
    • 17. Define Research Topic
      State your topic as a question.
      Identify 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.
    • 18. Find an image you want to explore?
      Title: Aboriginal Bark painting of funeral ceremony with kangaroo on Croker Island
      Location: Musee des Arts Africains et Oceaniens
      Subjects: Australia; Archaeology; Religions; New Zealand; Aboriginal Culture; Death; Beliefs; Burial
    • 19. Brainstorm: Search Terms
      Bark, bark painting
      Australia, Australian…
      Oceanic
      Aboriginal, aborigine
      Funeral, burial
      *Try as general searches & see what you find…
    • 20. Search Strategies
      • Keyword:
      • 21. Simplest search
      • 22. Looks for records that match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the words
      • 23. Controlled Vocabulary (Subjects):
      • 24. Uses subject headings for more refined results
      • 25. Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
      • 26. Terms are standardized
      • 27. Often active links
    • More Search StrategiesBoolean Searching
      AND/OR/NOT
      Combine keywords to narrow/broaden your search
      AND— NARROWS YOUR SEARCH
      EX: Interior Design AND Color
      OR—EXPANDS YOUR SEARCH
      EX: Film or videoOR
      Wall paintings or murals
      NOT—LIMITS TERMS FROM SEARCH
      NOT
      Color
      Interior
      design
      AND
      Film
      Video
      Software
      Maya
    • 28. Start with General Search & Then Refine
      Keyword: “bark painting”
    • 29. Individual Record
    • 30. Subject Headings Links
      Advantages:
      Refine your topic
      Narrow your focus
      Take search in new direction
      Find resources wouldn’t have found otherwise
    • 31. Advantages of…
      Books
      Good for background information, timeline, definitions, etc.
      Length allow 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
    • 32. Evaluate Your Sources
      • Evaluate the sources you find!
      • 33. Print AND Online
      • 34. CRAAP Test:
      • 35. Currency—Is the information out-of-date?
      • 36. Relevance—Is the information on topic?
      • 37. Authority—Whowrote the information?
      • 38. Accuracy—Is the information correct?
      • 39. Purpose—Whatis the information intended to do? Educate? Persuade? Entertain?