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Art & Art History Resource Guide

Business, Economics, & Art Librarian

Wendy Diamond
Contact:
Meriam Library

530-898-6139

By appointment or 2nd floor Reference Desk

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Starting points for art study

Develop a research plan

Key concepts of your topic?  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.

  • Think about 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?
    • Why will it be of interest to them?
    • What will be new to them?

    Created by librarians Claire Dannenbaum and Dan Macnaughtan of Lane Community College,  Eugene OR. 

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