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Rarely does anyone get or even know enough at the outset of their research endeavor to be asking precisely the right questions. The more you know and learn about your topic of interest, the more likely your questions and approach to the topic will change; thus requiring you to do some more research with a better formulated or slightly different question or point of view.
Focusing on and obtaining a solid understanding of precisely what it is that you're trying to learn about is important.
If you aren't focused (typically the topic is too broad in scope), the research process is much harder as you will tend to "over explore" too many possibilities and exhaust yourself and the time you have for the your project in the process. This typically leads to many false starts (vs. just a few) and a "rush to the finish" that probably won't be your best work. Start early, be reflective about what you're doing, give yourself time to think and modify and the experience won't be as stressful.
Get a good start with a basic overview of the concepts involved with your research.
Contains 3,000+ entries covering thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures. Includes entries on the qualities and historical uses of materials, concise definitions on art forms and styles, and in-depth articles discussing the history of armor, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and ceramics.
The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art offers the most comprehensive information on all aspects of this area of the visual arts. Provides historical and current uses of materials and techniques in a wide range of areas from painting and sculpture to non-traditional media such as digital and video art.
ARTstor is the ultimate image collection, containing hundreds of thousands of images covering art, architecture, archeology, and history. Useful for research not only in the arts, but in social history, sociology, and history.
Includes thousands of images and full-text articles from an array of journals, books and more. International in scope, Art Source includes periodicals published in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch and is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers. Includes full text from 630+ journals; 220+ books; and 63,000+ images.
Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward, including world history, military history, women's history, and history of education. Provides indexing of 3,100+ academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.
Library Search ( nearly everything )
Works Consulted vs. Works Cited
Good research requires a bibliography.
The bibliography is a comprehensive list that indicates to the reader what you used in your research.
For the purposes of this assignment, your bibliography should include:
Resources that you CONSULTED to get a general handle on your topic or some aspect of your topic.
Resources that you actually CITED in your paper.
The paper requires you to specifically cite at least four (inclusive of one book) scholarly works. These citations should directly support your research and justification for acquiring the piece of art that you have chosen for your imaginary collection.
Chicago Citation Style
Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago)
Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 2017. 17th ed.
Useful to students who need to know recommended forms for presenting bibliographies, footnotes, tables, and figures. Accessibility:Reserve -- Z 253 .U69 2017 ( 4 Hour Circulation )
Request full-text articles, chapters/sections of books, books, and conference proceedings. Look for the green squirrel when you're in a library database to request items. Articles usually arrive within 2 business days; books and other physical items typically arrive in 5 business days.