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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. 

    Starting points for art study

    • Oxford Art Online  
      Great place to start! Oxford Art Online covers every aspect of the visual arts - painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography - from prehistory to the present day. .
    • ARTstor
      ARTstor provides curated collections of art images and associated data for noncommercial and scholarly, non-profit educational use. Includes digital images and associated catalog data, tools to make active use of those images.
    • Material ConneXion
      Information about materials for artists & designers in all disciplines - industrial, furniture, packaging, graphics, fashion, interior design, landscape architecture and transportation.
    • WorldImages
      Contains over 80,000 images of art and culture from around the world. Intended for CSU student and faculty research and creative projects.

    Check it out!

    Planning to see the Ai Weiwei exhibition? 

    Cover Art
    Ai Weiwei - Susan Delson
    Call Number: NB1049. A4 A63 Main Collection
    ISBN: 9783791346366
    Publication Date: 2011-10-24

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    Ai Weiwei's Blog - Weiwei Ai
    Call Number: Online Books
    ISBN: 9780262295871
    Publication Date: 2011

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    Ai Weiwei Interlacing - Ai Weiwei
    Call Number: N7349.A3 A4 Main Collection
    ISBN: 3869303379
    Publication Date: 2011

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    Nature Morte - Michael Petry
    Call Number: N8251.S3 P48 Main Collection
    ISBN: 9780500239063
    Publication Date: 2013

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    Living as Form: Socially engaged art from 1991-2011 - Nato Thompson (Editor)
    Call Number: N8243.S65 L58 Main Collection
    ISBN: 9780262017343
    Publication Date: 2012

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    Utopias - Richard Noble (Editor)
    Call Number: N6490 U83 Main Collection
    ISBN: 9780262640695
    Publication Date: 2009

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    Print-Out - Cherix Christophe
    Call Number: NE495 .C44 Main Collection
    ISBN: 9780870708251
    Publication Date: 2012

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    Lifelike - Josiah McElheny (Text by); Siri Engberg (Editor, Text by); Michael Lobel (Text by)
    Call Number: N6494 .R4 E39 Main Collection
    ISBN: 9780935640687
    Publication Date: 2012

    Art Librarian

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