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The Palais de I'Industrie By Édouard Baldus - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18693588
For this assignment, you need to choose a historical piece of artwork that you will research and then recreate for inclusion in the Salon des Refusés exhibit at the Hillstrom Museum of Art. To do that, you will need to gather resources that provide information about the work, as outlined in your course assignment prompt. The library has many resources to help, including books, article databases, and librarians to help you devise some strategies for your research.
First, search an encyclopedia for background.
Second, use a combination of searching and browsing to find coverage of your work of art in books. Catalogs don't always reveal that there are six pages that are exactly what you want; you need to think broadly about what kind of book might contain what you are looking for, then browse those books and the books shelved nearby. Art books are found in two sections on the upper level: the general collection and the oversized collection.
Third, see if there are articles on your artwork.
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the fields of Art & Art History.
- CC Archaeology
- N Visual Arts (General)
- NA Architecture
- NB Sculpture
- NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
- ND Painting
- NE Print Media
- NK Decorative Arts
- NX Arts in General
- TR Photography
- TS Metalwork. Wood. Textiles
- TT Handcrafts
-The main art section, N, is on the upper level.
-Many art books are larger than our shelves typically can hold, so are kept in the Oversized section. This set of shelves is located in the southwest corner of the upper level.
-Browse the Reference Section on the Main Floor for a large collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and guide books on many subjects of art and art history.
Wikipedia is often a great way to get the lowdown on a topic, and it may lead you to further references that are useful. But you should also look in the following art encyclopedias shelved on the main floor in the Reference section.
Dictionary of Art - Ref N 31 .D5 1996
An exhaustive encyclopedia of world art, containing articles written by scholars on artists, movements, works, and subjects, each followed by a selective bibliography.
Encyclopedia of World Art - Ref N 31 .E56
Offers scholarly and thorough articles on artists, movements, media, periods, national traditions, and so on. Each volume has a section of plates in the back. There is an index to the entire set, as well as supplementary volumes presenting newer information. Though more dated than the Dictionary of Art, above, this set remains useful, particularly for its thorough indexing of plates, making it a good source for locating images of art works.
Both Amazon and Google Books index the contents of some books. If you identify a book you want to borrow, use the "find in a library" link found in Google Books.
Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years.
Though many of these databases include the actual articles, you may neec to use the yellow "find it" button to see if the article is available in another database, in print, or only through another library.
Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
Academic Search Premier
A good place to start research on most any subject. This multi-disciplinary database indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed journals. Access is provided by eLibraryMN (ELM).
This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through Interlibrary loan.
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