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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

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Research Methodology for the Arts

  1. 1. Research Methodologies:<br />The Arts<br />
  2. 2. Library Resources<br />Library Website:<br /><ul><li>Ask-a-Librarian-> IM…
  3. 3. InfoGuides</li></ul>Library catalog:<br /><ul><li>Books
  4. 4. E-books (Net Library)
  5. 5. DVD, VHS
  6. 6. WRLC
  7. 7. And more…</li></li></ul><li>More Library Resources<br />Research Databases<br />Arts Databases<br /><ul><li>Art Fulltext
  8. 8. Bibliography History of Art (BHA)
  9. 9. Design & Applied Arts (DAAI)
  10. 10. ARTBibliographies Modern
  11. 11. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals</li></li></ul><li>More Library Databases<br />General Databases<br /><ul><li>Academic Search Complete (exs: Digital Creativity, Visual Studies, Visual Anthropology)
  12. 12. ProQuest Research Library (ex: British Journal of Photography, Journal of Glass Studies)
  13. 13. Wilson Omnifile(E-Journal Finder lists art journals, like Art in America,as available here)
  14. 14. JSTOR (exs: Artibus et Historiae, Museum Studies)
  15. 15. Humanities International Complete (exs: Art Asia Pacific, Word & Image)</li></li></ul><li>Types of Information<br />Online Catalog – Books can provide general overview OR detailed insight about your topic<br />Research Databases – access to different types of periodicals (articles, reports…)<br />Primary Sources – Original records like letters, manuscripts, newspapers, interviews, photos, recordings, works of art<br />Reference Sources – From background information to images<br />The Web – benefits and limitations for research<br />
  16. 16. Research Process<br />DefineYour Topic (Identify main concepts; Narrow or broaden topic; List of search terms )<br />DetermineYour Information Needs (how current, specific publication type)<br />Locate and Retrieve Relevant Information (search strategies)<br />Access Information using Technology (catalog, databases, web)<br />Evaluate Information (print & electronic)<br />UseInformation Ethically (cite sources)<br />
  17. 17. Define Research Topic<br />State your topic as a question.<br />Identify concepts.<br />Narrow or broaden your topic.<br />Keep a list of terms that work best for your topic & add to it as you go.<br />This works whether you’re writing a brief paper or an in-depth research paper.<br />
  18. 18. Find an image you want to explore?<br />Title: Aboriginal Bark painting of funeral ceremony with kangaroo on Croker Island<br />Location: Musee des Arts Africains et Oceaniens<br />Subjects: Australia; Archaeology; Religions; New Zealand; Aboriginal Culture; Death; Beliefs; Burial<br />
  19. 19. Brainstorm: Search Terms<br />Bark, bark painting<br />Australia, Australian…<br />Oceanic<br />Aboriginal, aborigine <br />Funeral, burial<br />*Try as general searches & see what you find…<br />
  20. 20. Search Strategies<br /><ul><li>Keyword:
  21. 21. Simplest search
  22. 22. Looks for records that match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the words
  23. 23. Controlled Vocabulary (Subjects):
  24. 24. Uses subject headings for more refined results
  25. 25. Looks for records that match the ideas represented by the words.
  26. 26. Terms are standardized
  27. 27. Often active links</li></li></ul><li>More Search StrategiesBoolean Searching<br />AND/OR/NOT<br />Combine keywords to narrow/broaden your search<br />AND— NARROWS YOUR SEARCH<br />EX: Interior Design AND Color<br />OR—EXPANDS YOUR SEARCH<br />EX: Film or videoOR<br />Wall paintings or murals<br />NOT—LIMITS TERMS FROM SEARCH <br /> NOT<br /> Color<br />Interior <br />design<br />AND<br />Film<br />Video<br />Software<br />Maya<br />
  28. 28. Start with General Search & Then Refine<br />Keyword: “bark painting”<br />
  29. 29. Individual Record<br />
  30. 30. Subject Headings Links<br />Advantages: <br />Refine your topic<br />Narrow your focus<br />Take search in new direction<br />Find resources wouldn’t have found otherwise<br />
  31. 31. Advantages of…<br />Books<br />Good for background information, timeline, definitions, etc. <br />Length allow author to go more in-depth into a subject<br />Articles<br />More specialized searching<br />Better for newer artists/designers (may not have books yet)<br />More current information—more recently published<br />
  32. 32. Evaluate Your Sources<br /><ul><li>Evaluate the sources you find!
  33. 33. Print AND Online
  34. 34. CRAAP Test:
  35. 35. Currency—Is the information out-of-date?
  36. 36. Relevance—Is the information on topic?
  37. 37. Authority—Whowrote the information?
  38. 38. Accuracy—Is the information correct?
  39. 39. Purpose—Whatis the information intended to do? Educate? Persuade? Entertain?</li>