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ARTH 333 - Egyptian Art and Archaeology - Butz: Home

Savannah - Winter 2020


This guide provides recommended research tools and skills for your ARTH 333 research assignments.

Scarab Inscribed "Hatshepsut, United with Amun"

Scarab Inscribed "Hatshepsut, United with Amun", ca. 1479–1458 B.C.,  Accessed via the Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Collection

Required Readings

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Key Tips

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.

Chasing Citations

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:

  • Determine whether the publication you're seeking is a book or an article.
  • For books, search by book title in the library's Classic Catalog
  • For articles, search by journal title using periodical title search. (You could also try the article name in Catalog Plus, however this is not as reliable.) If the library has this journal, compare the date range held against the date your article was published.
  • If SCAD does not have the book or article you're seeking, request it via inter-library loan. We will ask another college or university to provide a copy.

Brainstorm Your Topic

Download this worksheet to brainstorm your topic and identify related concepts to research.

Analyze a Work Of Art

When analyzing a work of art, it's helpful to develop and apply a list of relevant questions. Consider:

  • Subject matter - What is being depicted? (May require researching a related place, figure or event - e.g. from religion or mythology)
  • Material and form - What is the size, shape, line, texture, color, etc.? How do these affect the way you "see" the subject?
  • Social and historical contexts - When, where, and why was the work made?
  • What were the artist's intentions (if known)?

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.

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