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Starting guide for Art

Welcome to the Art Guide

Use this guide to help you start your research assignment or to familiarize yourself with your subject discipline's search tools and strategies. Each discipline has it's own research methods, databases, peer reviewed scholarly journals, and authorities or experts. We can't cover everything in one guide, but this is a good jumpstart on your journey. 

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Research Topics in Art

The following are examples of possible research in Art and Design. 

  • Identifying artwork and artists through themes in art and exhibitions
  • Situating an artwork in context. How does the work fit in to the culture and time period?
  • History of a design element, such as typography, in a geographic area
  • How an art movement developed in a particular region or country
  • Identifying an artist's body of work, interviews, and critical reception of work
  • Art and design techniques
  • Art activism in the United States

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