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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES
These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.
- Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
- Fine Arts and Music Collection: Access to more than 150 full-text magazines and journals that will provide support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking
You might also take a look at some essays designed to help college students begin research on controversial topics:
- Points of View: Overviews on a variety of current events and articles that take the pro/con sides on those issues. In addition to these research starters, this database provides access to full-text articles from journals
- Issues and Controversies: Full-text articles that include background information on current topics, along with summaries of the pro/con sides of the debate. These research starters include bibliographies that can be used for further research,
FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY
If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:
If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:
Organizing Books By Subject
||CALL NUMBER HEADING
|Drawing. Design. Illustration.
|Arts in general
You also might try these reference books:
- Oxford Dictionary of Art: Offers more than 300 entries on the concepts and terms used in art and includes biographical information on artists Ref N 33 .093 2004
- The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History: Takes an interdisciplinary approach to art history in more than 500 entries Ref N 5300 .F64 2000
- Oxford History of Western Art: Provides illustrated groupings to explain the common trends and boundaries in traditional periods of art Ref N 5300 .O946 2000
- Encyclopedia of 20th century Architecture: Three-volume set that explores the diversity of global architecture in the 20th century Ref NA 680 .E495 2004
- Contemporary Women Artists: Provides biographical and career information on more than 350 distinguished women artists Ref N 8354 .C66 1999
- The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques: A fundamental guide to techniques in art, used by more than a quarter million practicing artists Ref ND 1500 .M3 1991
- The Dictionary of Art: A 34-volume set that covers the major periods, terms, and figures in art and includes appendices and an index Ref N 31 .D5 1996
FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY
Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.
- ArtLex: A dictionary of more than 3,000 art terms, along with quotations, images, and cross-references
- The Arts Journal: A daily digest of top stories related to international arts and culture
- World Wide Art Resources: Contains artist portfolios, arts news, and a searchable database
- Artcyclopedia: Provides information on artists and art movements and includes a glossary and links to art museums around the world
- The Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Provides information on arts in the United States and includes links to digital collections, exhibitions and an “ask us” form for reference questions
- AskART: Includes a research center with a directory, glossary, and searchable database for information on artists
- History of Art: Offers links to websites, organized by topic, along with links to reference sites, directories, art libraries, and image collections.
FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES
The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:
- Art in America
- American Art Review
- The Artist's Magazine
- Arts Magazine
- American Artist
- Ceramics Monthly
- Artforum International
CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY
Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:
- Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
- KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
- Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
- Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.
FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES
Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!