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Art History on Internet (circa 1995)

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  • 1. Researching Topics In Art History on the Internet
  • 2. What’s on the Internet For Art History? Online Galleries & Exhibitions Articles and Essays Ready Reference Resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.)
  • 3. Who Creates the Information Organizations (museums, societies, educational inst., etc.) Publications (w/ information for sale - incl. bibliographic info.) Businesses (w/ objects for sale) Individuals (special interest)
  • 4. A Quick Look at 2 Types of Internet Searches Bibliographic search - a search for information referencing journal articles and books “Serendipity” search - a search for whatever maybe out there on your topic
  • 5. Bibliographic Searching Art Index (Online) FirstSearch - for journal and monograph citations ProQuest Direct - for journal citations and full-text articles All available off the Scholes Library Web Site Database Page
  • 6. “Serendipity Searching” Use an Internet “Search Engine” such as HotBot or Alta Vista Search Engines are huge database depositories of Internet content and locations Each search engine works differently The trick is to “master” a single search engine
  • 7. A Needle in a Haystack You’re Likely to Find Most Anything Some of it accurate and useful Much of it not! Can be a frustrating activity unless: – you know what you’re looking for – you master a search engine – A Chicken Story!
  • 8. Citing an Internet Resource MLA Format for Citing Online Works Author's name. "Title of Document." Title of Complete Work. Date of Publication or last revision. <URL Address> (Date of access). – Use less-than and greater-than signs to open and close URL address. – Any information which is not known is omitted.
  • 9. Like This: MLA Format for Citing Online Works Author's name. "Title of Document." Title of Complete Work. Date of Publication or last revision. <URL Address> (Date of access). – – Use less-than and greater-than signs to open and close URL address. Any information which is not known is omitted. Examples: Slippery Rock University. “Citing Sources in MLA and APA.” Citing Sources SRU-OWL. 20 August 1997. <http://www.sru.edu/depts/artsci/engl/jmccarre/owl/wc_cite.htm> (9 February 1999) Faulkner, William. "A Rose For Emily." <http://www.bnl.com/shorts/emily.html> (7 April 1997).
  • 10. AltaVista Cheat Sheet 2 Types of Searches Available Simple Search Advanced Search – For very very specific searches Different Rules (Syntax) for Each Type of Search - need to learn the rules for each
  • 11. AltaVista “Simple” Search Use lowercase Use a + (plus sign) before a word to demand that it be included in your results Use a - (minus sign) before to exclude a word No sign at all means “OR” (does’nt have to be in there) Use * (asterisk) as a wildcard for alternative spellings – (ex. wish* will get wish, wishes, wishful, wishbone and even wishy-washy) Use “quotes” for exact phrase (ex. “french impressionism”)
  • 12. Example I want to know about the cubist influence in painings by chagall. I am not interested in his stained glass work or his theatrical designs. Sample: from bad to better chagall cubist painting (795,067) +chagall +cub* +paint* (4,941) +chagall +cub* +paint* -theat* -glass (260) +chagall +cub* +paint* -theat* -glass +influence (46)
  • 13. AltaVista “Advanced” Search Do not use symbols …(but still use lowercase!) Must use boolean search terms instead (and, or, not, near) – – – – – And = words that must be included And Not = exclude a term Or = alternative terms - use in parentheses (clay or ceramic) Near = within 10 words “quotes” and asterisk* work too Ex. chagall and (windows or “stained glass”) and not paint* near glass Ability to determine “Ranking”
  • 14. I’m looking for information on Marc Chagall, the person, a work (stained glass), and stylistic influences. A short article in Dictionary of Art gave me these search terms to start russia humor revolution biblical themes cubism jewish folk art HadassahHebrew University Medical Center surreallism paris Religon 1887-1995 expressionism Stained glass Theatrical designs Jerusalem
  • 15. Where to Find.. AltaVista http://www.altavista.com HotBot http://www.hotbot.com

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