Art History Research Methodologies

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    1. 1. AVT 600: Research Methodologies
    2. 2. Library Resources Library Website:  http://library.gmu.edu  Ask-a-Librarian→ IM…  InfoGuides & Research Portals Library catalog:     Books & E-books Videos WRLC And more…
    3. 3. More Library Resources Research Databases  Art Fulltext  Art & Architecture Complete *Over 500 art journals in print & online
    4. 4. More Library Resources More Art Databases  ARTBibliographies Modern  Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals  artnet Price Database Decorative Art  Berg Fashion Library  Bibliography History of Art (BHA)  Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)  International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
    5. 5. More Library Databases Multidisciplinary Databases  Academic Search Complete (Visual Studies)  ProQuest Research Library (Journal of Glass Studies)  JSTOR (Artibus et Historiae, Museum Studies)  Humanities International Complete (Word & Image)
    6. 6. Where to Search: Databases Super Stores ProQuest Research Library Multi-subject, popular & scholarly articles, extensive fulltext Academic Search Complete Multi-subject, popular & scholarly articles, extensive fulltext Specialty Stores Subject-Based Databases Art Full Text Has full-text articles from over 300 journals & provides abstracts for over 600 other journals. Covers fine, decorative and commercial art, folk art, photography, film & architecture. ARTbibliographies Modern For the study of modern &contemporary art. Covers all mediums, from painting, sculpture &photography to video, body art &graffiti. Full abstracts & indexing from the late 1960s onwards.
    7. 7. More Art Resources Image Databases  Art Museum Image Gallery  Oxford Art Online  ARTstor
    8. 8. What are the steps in the Research Process? 1. Pick a topic 2. Where to search (databases) 3. How to search (keywords) 4. How to get it (find the article) 5. Is what I’ve got any good? 6. Write the paper/create the project
    9. 9. How To Search The Starbucks Syndrome
    10. 10. Examples  Shroud of Turin  Stained glass Holy Shroud Glass painting and staining  Northern Renaissance art Renaissance—Europe, Northern; Flemish; Dutch; Netherlands; Netherlandish; add time period like 15th century
    11. 11. Research Checklist 1. Identify main concepts. 2. Narrow or broaden your topic. 3. Keep a list of terms that work best for your topic & add to it as you go. 4. This works whether you’re writing an exhibit label or a thesis.
    12. 12. InfoGuides & Research Portals http://infoguides.gmu.edu/arth
    13. 13. Inside the Library
    14. 14. Inside the Library
    15. 15. Questions  http://infoguides.gmu.edu/arth  Ask-a-Librarian: http://library.gmu.edu/ask  Reference desk: 703/993-2210  Visual Arts Liaison: Jenna Rinalducci 703/993-3720 or jrinaldu@gmu.edu
    16. 16. Example Searches • Degas OR Manet • Catalog (InPrimo: overwhelming/off-topic but find stuff wouldn’t find otherwise//Browsing on massive scale) • Art & Architecture Complete • Then add Art Full Text – Full-text articles AND Mason Link (another DB or print; WRLC/ILL) – Cite & Email • Possibly ARTbibliographies Modern or JSTOR • ARTstor for images?

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