Starting Your Research Art 110: History of Western Art: Pre-history through the Middle Ages Library Instruction Fall 2006 Mary Woodley firstname.lastname@example.org 818-677-6302
What is the assignment? Paper, Presentation, Annotated Bibliography? Due date – when is the last date for ILL? Citation Style? APA? MLA? Chicago? Types of publications?
Types of Resources ART OBJECTS Catalogues Letters Documents Monographs on artists Stylistic Analysis Journal articles Most Internet sources Encyclopaedia entries Art survey books http://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/fine-art/arttheoryessaywritingguide/essaywritingguide.html
Choosing keywords to search If one keyword does not work, try variations on the keyword Sculpture Portraits Sculpture, Roman; Sculpture, Greco-Roman; Sculpture, Classical; Marble sculpture; Busts If too many titles are returned, try searching more specific keywords Portrait sculpture; Portrait medallions; Portraits
Basic Search Strategies: Putting concepts together Boolean operator and Venn diagrams serve as a visual expression of the Boolean operations portraits emperors
Basic Search Strategies: Putting concepts together Boolean operator or Portrait sculpture, Ancient Portrait sculpture, Classical Portrait sculpture, Roman
Need a book? 1. Search the Library's online catalog. Try searching using the keyword search. 2. Write down the floor location of the book and the call number where the book will be found on the shelf
Need an article? Popular magazines Trade publications Scholarly publications All three may be available in print or online or both
Types of Periodicals: Scholarly Journals Articles must go through a peer-review or refereed process. Scholarly/academic articles that are read by academic or scholar "referees" for advice and evaluation of content when submitted for publication. Referees recommend to the editor/editorial board whether the article should be published as is, revised, or rejected. Also sometimes know as "peer-reviewed" articles. Articles are usually reports on scholarly research. Articles use jargon of the discipline.
Popular Magazines and Newpapers Authors are magazine staff members or free lance writers. Authors often mention sources, but rarely formally cite them in bibliographies. Individual issues contain numerous advertisements. There is no peer review process. Articles are meant to inform and entertain. Illustrations may be numerous and colorful. Language is geared to the general adult audience (no specialized knowledge of jargon needed).
Internet Resources vs. Surfing the Web Internet Resources include: Internet accessible databases and journals Use a Web interface Usually require subscription Exception: ERIC Wizard Equivalent to print indexes and journals Authoritative and reliable Surfing the Web: Use free search engines E.G.: Yahoo, Google, HotBot Critical evaluation required Anyone can put up a Web page! Evaluating Web pages (http://library.csun.edu/mwoodley/Webeval.html) Evaluating Web pageshttp://library.csun.edu/mwoodley/Webeval.html
Evaluating Print & Electronic Resources Types of Web Sites: the url is a key.gov.edu.org.com Authority Content & Coverage Timeliness Accuracy Objectivity World Wide Web sites come in many sizes and styles. How do you distinguish a site that gives reliable information from one that gives incorrect information? Below are some guidelines to help.guidelines