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Reedley Art Resources: Getting Started

A research guide


Art research encompasses the study of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, design, graphic arts, and intersects other subjects such as history, geography, anthropology, and mass media. Using the tabs at the top of the Research Guide, navigate through the pages to locate the specific type of resources you need-noting that there are sub-pages under "Artists of the World"

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PIcking Your Topic IS Research

What is Research


Search Tips

  • Use quotes around phrases -
    “religious feast*”   "contemporary art"
    • Glues the terms together for the computer
  • Use Boolean search strategies
    • Combine search terms with AND to narrow results
      • "religious feast" AND "16th century"
    •   Increase search results with OR

             "religious feast" OR "religious meal"

  • Use truncated search terms – feast*
    • Returns all forms of feast (feasting, feasts, feasted, feast)
  • Be an organized researcher
    • Keep of search terms, keywords, subject headings and synonyms
    • Use online note keepers, Evernote, MS OneNote

Develop a Research Plan

Develop your research topic. What are the key concepts of your topic or theme?  Can you broaden or narrow your focus? Consider focusing on one or more of the following:

  • time period
  • place
  • specific event   
  • specific people

Does your topic overlap other subject areas such as anthropology, geography or political science?

Think of 2- 3 questions that you will need to explore, like: What is the history of your topic, and its categories?
Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Under each question, think about the following aspects:

  • What do you already know about your topic or issue?
  • What do you need to learn to better understand your topic or issue?
  • What kind of information resource might provide the answer to these questions?

Consider your audience.

  • Who will read your paper?
  • What are the teacher's requirements?
  • Why will it be of interest to them?
  • What will be new to them?

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