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Concordia Libraries Art History 200 Workshop Kenojuak Ashevak Enchanted Bird , 2004 Portrait of the Emperor Alexander Vik Muniz. Irises after Van Gogh, 2004. Claude Tousignant. Sans titre , 1964 Leon Golub. Mercenaries II, 1979 ARTH 200 Assignment 2

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concordia libraries art history 200 workshop

Concordia Libraries Art History 200 Workshop

Kenojuak Ashevak

Enchanted Bird, 2004

Portrait of the Emperor Alexander

Vik Muniz. Irises after Van Gogh, 2004.

Claude Tousignant.

Sans titre, 1964

Leon Golub.

Mercenaries II, 1979

arth 200 assignment 2
ARTH 200 Assignment 2
  • You should identify and provide brief photocopied or printed information from the following sources:
  • Week one
  • encyclopedias and/or dictionaries (choose 2)
  • books and/or exhibition catalogues (choose 2)
  • websites (choose 1).
  • Week two
  • periodical databases or indexes (choose 2)
    • For the data base searches provide print-outs showing the ten most promising references you found and print out search history
    • journal articles (choose 3, based on your database searches)
assignment 2 preparing to search
Assignment 2: Preparing to search
  • If your artwork is well known you will be able to find information directly about the work.
  • If it is less well known you will be able to find related information that helps you to make sense of the artwork , For example:
    • information on other works by the same artist
    • information on art from the same art-historical period or style
    • information on the technical processes used to make the artwork
    • information on the subject matter represented within the artwork
    • information on social or historical context, etc.
tips for researching
Tips for Researching
  • Get an overview of your research topic by reading encyclopedia articles
  • Identify important concepts relevant to your research and prepare keywords
  • Check the bibliographies of relevant documents to identify other documents that you can search for.

(Note: To use online sources from home you need a Library PIN)

search example
Search Example

RomanPortrait of the Emperor Alexander Severus222-235 A.D. Marble. 28 x 12 x 12 cm

preparing keywords for search
Preparing keywords for search
  • Start with specific keywords: artist’s name if available and main words relevant to title :
      • alexander severus and sculpture
  • If you don’t find enough publications, broaden your search by genre, geography, time period, or other aspects
      • roman and sculpture
      • roman and art
      • art and sculpture
  • You may have to try a number of different combinations
encyclopedias and or dictionaries
Encyclopedias and/or Dictionaries
  • Use Encyclopedias and/or Dictionaries to:
    • get an overview of topic
    • find definitions for terms
    • identify most important points about topic and possible ways of focusing your papers
    • use bibliographies at ends of encyclopedia articles to identify some core works and researchers in field
finding encyclopedias dictionaries in library
Finding Encyclopedias/Dictionaries in Library
  • Use the Art History Subject Guide on the library web site
  • Use CLUES to identify other encyclopedias
    • Keyword search:
      • sculpture encyclopedia
      • roman encyclopedia
      • roman history encyclopedia

Paper encyclopedias are kept in the Reference Collection – Webster Library 2nd floor

finding books exhibition catalogues
Finding Books & Exhibition Catalogues
  • Finding Books
      • Library Catalogues: CLUES & Other library catalogues
      • Check bibliographies of encyclopedias or other relevant documents
      • Use KEYWORD and/or SUBJECT Headings
        • Use relevant Subject Headings to:
          • focus your search or
          • identify more general concepts relevant to your research
  • Finding Exhibition Catalogues
      • Use KEYWORD search (include the term exhibitions)
        • painting and exhibitions
google books
Google Books
  • Helpful for finding very precise terms in books
  • Useful for finding relevant chapters in books
  • Usually provides only parts of a book …..
  • Useful for finding the table of contents of a book
    • Use ADVANCED search
  • Check CLUES to find out if the book is available at Concordia Library
using other libraries
Using Other Libraries
  • Check Other Libraries in Montreal
    • Get a CREPUQ card at the Circulation Desk to borrow from other Quebec university libraries
      • Use the Interlibrary Loans service to request books, etc. from libraries in Montreal or elsewhere
tips for web searching
Tips for web searching
  • Use the advanced search features
    • Limit your searches by domain:
      • edu for education
      • ca for canada
webster library layout
Webster Library - Layout
  • 2nd floor
    • Reference Desk & Collection
      • Also computer work stations & printers
    • Circulation Desk (entrance/exit)
      • Reserve materials also kept here
  • 3rd floor – Periodicals & Media
      • Paper journals – single issue & bound
      • Media collections
      • Computer stations, laptops, scanner, color printer
      • Photocopiers
  • 4th floor – Books & Exhibition catalogues
library pin in myclues
Library PIN in MyCLUES
  • Create a Library PIN to:
      • Renew books online
      • Place requests on books that are out or “In Process”
      • Access library electronic databases and journals
      • Make Interlibrary Loans requests via COLOMBO
      • Request articles
if you have questions ask at
If you have Questions, ask at
  • Reference Desk
  • Email or chat reference
  • Contact me: