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Starting points for art study
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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. . Content comprises Dictionary of Art (1996), Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Contains over 80,000 images of art and culture from around the world. Intended for CSU student and faculty research and creative projects.
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
- specific event
- specific people
Is your topic interdisciplinary?
- Perhaps there is overlap with 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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