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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
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Visual Arts N
Architecture NA
Sculpture NB
Drawing. Design. Illustration. NC
Painting ND
Print Media NE
Decorative Arts NK
Arts in general NX

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!


Published Mar 8, 2013


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