What is a Scholarly Journal? Journals allow scholars to: Communicate with other experts in the field Stay current by reading other scholars’ work Create a community of scholars Participate in a formal “conversation” about work/research/innovation These conversations first began as letters between scholars; with Gutenberg’s printing press, more scholars were able to enter into the conversation.
Scholarly Journals… often have an abstract, a descriptive summary of the article contents, before the main text of the article. generally have a sober, serious look. always cite their sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies. written by a scholar in the field or by someone who has done research in the field. The affiliations of the authors are listed. the language of scholarly journals is that of the discipline covered.. Sometimes known as artspeak the main purpose of a scholarly journal is to report on original research or experimentation in order to make such information available to the rest of the scholarly world. many scholarly journals are published by a specific professional organization.
And They are Important Because….? 1. The information in a scholarly text has been rigorously evaluated (peer review), so it is more reliable and credible. 2. Reading scholarly journal articles for your papers or projects can give you insight into the ways of thinking of experts in that field. 3. Every scholarly text has extensive bibliographies that introduce you to important texts in the field.
Visual Arts Journals in print @ Cornish Art Journal provides a forum for scholarship and visual exploration in the visual arts; a peer-reviewed, professionally mediated forum for the arts, explores relationships among diverse forms of art practice and production, as well as among art making, art history, visual studies, theory, and criticism October focuses critical attention on the contemporary arts—film, painting, music, media, photography, performance, sculpture, and literature—and their various contexts of interpretation. The Art Bulletin established in 1913 to publish original scholarly research in all areas of the history of art and architecture Aperture sophisticated guide to the world of contemporary photography that combines the finest writing with inspiring photographic portfolios BOMB delivers the artist’s voice through in-depth interviews between artists working across genre and media ABITARE architecture design art graphics in Italian and English ARTFORUM in-depth articles and reviews of contemporary art, the magazine features book reviews, columns on cinema and popular culture, and numerous full-page advertisements from prominent galleries around the world
Brass Tacks… Where can you go to access this information? Scholarly Journals are often accessed through subscription databases Art Full Text ProQuest JSTOR Scholarly information can also frequently be accessed via museum websites The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s site is an excellent resource Another strong resource for the arts is the Oxford Art Online database – good place to begin your research Need clarification on a medium? Go to the Getty’s AAT All of these resources are on the WORD research guide I made for you
Citation Chasing! Find a collection of sources that will “talk” to one another Search for a scholarly article on your research, using Art Full Text JSTOR ProQuest Read the abstract or skim the first few paragraphs, to find out what the article is about. Check the footnotes/endnotes/bibliography for interesting citations Search for two or three of those citations in Cornish Library catalog… A database… Other library catalogs (SPL,WorldCat.org, UW)…