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VAH 1040: Finding Scholarly Sources. Dan Sich , Research & Instructional Services Librarian, D.B. Weldon Library. Overview. Background information: Encyclopedias (Wikipedia, Oxford Art Online) Images (ARTstor) Scholarly sources: Books (library catalogue)

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vah 1040 finding scholarly sources

VAH 1040: Finding Scholarly Sources

Dan Sich, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, D.B. Weldon Library

overview
Overview
  • Background information:
    • Encyclopedias (Wikipedia, Oxford Art Online)
    • Images (ARTstor)
  • Scholarly sources:
    • Books (library catalogue)
    • Journal articles (Art Full Text, Summon)
moulin rouge la goulue 1891
Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (1891)
  • Background information:
    • Wikipedia
    • Oxford (Grove) Art Online (info + bibliography)
    • ARTstor (zoomable images)
  • Scholarly sources:
    • Library catalogue (books = broad)
    • Art Full Text (journal articles = specific )
    • Summon (journal articles)
wikipedia1
Wikipedia

What is it good/bad for?

Would you use it as a reference?

oxford art online
Oxford Art Online

AKA Grove Art Online

oxford art online2
Oxford Art Online

How is it better than Wikipedia?

Would you use it as a reference?

artstor
ARTstor

Image database

scholarly sources
Scholarly sources

Books are broad

Journal articles are specific

books
Books
  • On broad subjects
  • E.g., just Toulouse-Lautrec, vs. Toulouse-Lautrec AND Moulin Rouge: La Goulue
  • Find in the library catalogue
n6853 t6a4 1985b
N6853.T6A4 1985b
  • Check index for “Goulue”
  • Nothing specific about “Moulin Rouge: La Goulue”
  • Plenty about “La Goulue” (person, other paintings)
  • Plenty about “Moulin Rouge” (other paintings)
  • Not very useful 
n6853 t6m87 1991
N6853.T6M87 1991
  • Checked neighbouring books: 3 look promising
  • Check indexes
  • Painting AKA “La Goulue Au Moulin Rouge”
  • Need to skim/read text
  • At least 1 has exactly what I’m after 
when looking for books
When looking for books…
  • be general
  • check the index
  • spend some time skimming/reading the text
  • check neighbouring books
books1
Books

What are they good/bad for?

Would you use them as a reference?

journal articles
Journal articles
  • On specific topics
  • E.g., Toulouse-Lautrec AND Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, or Toulouse-Lautrec AND poster, vs. just Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Find in article databases (some are full text)
art full text2
Art Full Text
  • Be specific
  • Look for links to Full Text
  • Try Get it @ Western
summon
Summon
  • = online full text journal articles
  • + library catalogue
  • + ‘other stuff’
summon3
Summon
  • Be specific
  • Can limit to journal articles
journal articles1
Journal articles

What are they good/bad for?

Would you use them as a reference?

summary
Summary
  • Background information:
    • Encyclopedias (Wikipedia, Oxford Art Online)
    • Images (ARTstor)
  • Scholarly sources:
    • Books (library catalogue)
    • Journal articles (Art Full Text, Summon)
getting more help
Getting more help
  • Research Help Desk (main floor of Weldon)
  • Check hours, use chat service: www.lib.uwo.ca/weldon
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