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AR 259: American Art Since 1900: Start

"What is contemporary American Art?" The assignment explores the major themes covered throughout the semester through in depth analysis of an art work from the Colby College Museum.

Think about Research Strategically

  • Do a quick scan first for background information:
    • Use One Search, the default search box on the library home page, to find a few articles
    • Use Art Encyclopedias and other links recommended on this guide
    • Search for the artist's website
  • Use terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for:
    • Journal articles using databases recommended on this guide.
    • Reviews of artist exhibitions in the major newspapers and magazines.
    • Books that provide a larger context for artist, style, genre, or art form/technique/practice.
  • Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source, to find for leads to more sources
  • Evaluate the sources you have found. Where is the information coming from, is it biased, is it scholarly, is it up-to-date, can you retrace where the author found the information? Are you using primary material (e.g. videos, interviews with the artist, artist's own writings or statements, images, reviews of an exhibition).
  • Cite all of your sources of information using Chicago Style.

Start with OneSearch (Library Home Page)

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Margaret Ericson
Contact:
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