This guide provides recommended research tools and skills for your ARTH 333 research assignments.
Scarab Inscribed "Hatshepsut, United with Amun", ca. 1479–1458 B.C., Accessed via the Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Collection
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Bring the call numbers to the front desk to help library staff retrieve books efficiently.
Use a variety of sources, such as combination of books and articles and at least 2 different databases.
Don't expect to find the 'perfect source'. Your topic is complex and you will need to weave together several threads of research in a new way.
Be flexible with search terms. If one word doesn't work, can you re-phrase it another way? For example, are there alternative spellings, past vs. present place names, etc.
Citation chasing is the practice of following references listed in a scholarly book or article. It's a good way to find sources that are closely related to your topic, if you have starting with at least one source that's already useful.
Process / tips:
Download this worksheet to brainstorm your topic and identify related concepts to research.
When analyzing a work of art, it's helpful to develop and apply a list of relevant questions. Consider:
Barnet's A Short Guide to Writing About Art provides useful examples of analytical questions and is a required/recommended text for many art history courses.