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Iconography. Poststructuralism. Social History. ARTH 300. Art History Methods. Psychoanalysis. Postcolonialism. Feminism. Semiotics. ARTH 300 Workshop Outline. 1 . Types of documents to use in research 2. Preparing your search

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arth 300



Social History

ARTH 300

Art History Methods





arth 300 workshop outline
ARTH 300 Workshop Outline

1. Types of documents to use in research

2. Preparing your search

3. How to find journals using databases & e-journal collections

4. Finding Books and Book chapters

5. What about Google books and scholar?

6. Using Theses & Dissertations

7. Preparing bibliographies: Citation Guides & Refworks

types of documents to consult
Types of documents to consult
  • Encyclopedias/Dictionaries
  • Books & Exhibition catalogues
  • Book chapters
  • Journal articles
  • Theses or dissertations
  • Check bibliographies which can lead to other documents
identifying scholarly publications
Identifying scholarly publications
  • Check the publisher of journals or books
      • Is it a university or scholarly press
  • Check the author and his/her affiliation
      • Check web sites of publishers and search on author’s names
  • For journal articles, the length of article can be an indication
  • Usually includes analyses, methodologies and research
encyclopedias dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias on Art History Subject Guide Concordia Libraries
  • Articles define major methodologies and provide bibliographies of relevant texts
  • Specialized dictionaries/encyclopedias:
    • Encyclopedia of comparative iconography
search tip check for alternative relevant key words
Search Tip: Check for alternative relevant key words
  • Example: CLUES - do a keyword search:
      • iconograph*
  • Check the Abstract and Subject Headings of results for other keywords to use in subsequent searches for more results.
      • art themes motives
      • symbolism in art
      • politics in art
finding journal articles
Finding Journal Articles
  • Use one or more of the following databases at Concordia
    • Art Full-text
        • About 400 journals and magazines covering all periods
    • ARTbibliographies Modern
        • Journals and books/exhibition catalogues for 19th century to now
    • Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals
        • Journals and books on all aspects of architecture
    • BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art
        • Journals and books/exhibition catalogues for all periods
  • Use the following collection of scholarly journals:
    • JSTOR (small collection of art and architecture journals; the last 3-6 years are not available)
prepare search choose keywords
Prepare search: choose Keywords
  • Although it may be possible to find documents that discuss both an art work or artist and a methodology, you will often need to search for each aspect separately.
  • First read about artist or art work to identify keywords related to the work:
      • petrushka
      • puppets
      • painting
      • expressionism
      • figuration
      • 1930s canadian
      • workers
if you don t find enough documents broaden search
If you don’t find enough documents, broaden search
  • You may find documents on well-known art works and artists and a specific methodological approach. If you don’t find documents on a specific art work, try searching on the artist’s name, media of work, group(s) artist belonged to, period, country. For example:
      • Check for documents on work or artist and methodology
        • “paraskeva clark” and petrushka and “social history”
      • Broaden search by removing one of your keywords
        • “paraskeva clark” and social history
      • Try broadening one of the concepts related to art work and methodology
        • paint* and 1930s and “social history”
      • Search on methodology
        • “social history” and method*
tips for finding sources on methodologies
Tips for finding sources on methodologies
  • Search on names of theorists
      • Roland Barthes
  • Search the approach with the word methodology:
      • semiotic* and method* -
    • Check for relevant terms in subject headings and do another search:
      • “Art history” and semiotics
      • “Art criticism” and semiotics
      • “art theory” and semiotics
  • Try using alternate terms when appropriate
      • social history in some databases is expressed as society and art
artbibliographies modern database
ARTbibliographies Modern database
  • Covers 19th century to contemporary art
  • Covers journals and magazines and also books, book chapters, and exhibition catalogues
  • Covers many international publications, so it is important to use Language LIMITs
  • Can be searched at the same time as Avery or BHA

– click on Specific Databases and change settings

bha bibliography history of art database
BHA: Bibliography History of Art database
  • Covers all periods of Western art
  • Covers journals, magazines, books, book chapters, and exhibition catalogues
  • Covers many international publications, so it is important to use Language LIMITs
  • Can be searched at the same time as Avery or ARTbibliographies Modern
    • click on Specific Databases and change settings
art fulltext database
Art Fulltext Database
  • Covers all periods of art and architecture in both Western and Eastern art
  • Covers approximately 400 core art and architecture journals
  • To search on scholarly journals only:
    • Limit to Peer Reviewed
    • Change Document Type to feature articles
databases saving your records
Databases: Saving your Records
  • In most databases, you can mark records (usually click in box near record number) and email, download or export to Refworks
databases saving marked records
Databases: Saving marked records
  • Click on Marked Records and on Marked Records page, click on email or other options
finding the journals from the database
Finding the journals from the database
  • Most databases include the followinglinker
  • Click on it to check availability of journals at Concordia Libraries
  • If the article is available online, there is a link to the article
if the journal is not available online
If the journal is not available online
  • You can check CLUES from the Find it window
  • You must check to see if the year – volume and number is available
checking clues for availability
Checking CLUES for availability
  • You need - Contemporary, no. 89, 2006
  • You need the Call no – NX 460 C668 – to look at on the 3rd floor

or request through Article Delivery service (Under Quick Links)

journals cannot be borrowed
Journals cannot be borrowed
  • Photocopy article from journal on 3rd floor (need a COPY card)
  • Article Delivery service – request a scan of the article which will be emailed to you
      • Form for Article delivery is under Quicklinks on library home page
if a journal is not available at concordia
If a journal is not available at Concordia
  • Check other library catalogues in Montreal for availability and go to library where you can photocopy
  • Request through Interlibrary Loans
jstor journal collection
JSTOR journal collection
  • Covers a small collection of scholarly art, architecture and interdisciplinary journals
  • Most recent years are not available
  • Use the Advanced search and limit to:
    • Articles
    • Language
    • Art History collection
theses dissertations
Theses & Dissertations
  • Check theses and dissertations in art history to see how methodologies have been used in art history
  • Example: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database
citation guides refworks
Citation Guides & Refworks
  • MLA Citation Guides are available under Quick Links on library home page
  • When searching in library catalogues and databases, always check for alternative search terms to use if you don’t find material
  • Always check bibliographies of relevant documents
  • If you are having problems finding material, ask at the Reference Desk, on Chat or Email reference or you can contact me.
what kinds of documents are these
What kinds of documents are these?

Le Targat, F. “Kees Van Dongen: le Regard Fauve.” Beaux Arts. 26 (1985): 46-55.

Wentink, Charles. Van Dongen. Amsterdam: JM Meulenhoff, 1962.

Herbert, James. “Mirroring the Nude.” Fauve Painting : The Making of Cultural Politics. Ed. James Herbert. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992. 56-81.

Benjamin, Roger. “The Decorative Landscape:, Fauvism and the Arabesque of Observation.” Art Bulletin, 75.2 (1993): 295-316. Academic Search Premier. EBSCOhost. Concordia University Libraries. 20 Jan. 2009 <>.

reading a journal citation
Reading a journal citation

Benjamin, Roger. “The Decorative Landscape:, Fauvism and the Arabesque of Observation.” Art Bulletin, 75.2 (1990): 295-316.

Art Bulletin 75.2 (1993): 721-755.

75 is volume which equals the year 1993

2 is the issue number indicating the 2nd publication of the year

Le Targat, F. “Kees Van Dongen: le Regard Fauve.” Beaux Arts. 26 (1985): 46-55.

Beaux Arts 26 (1985): 46-55.

This journal uses a continuous numbering system rather than volumes.

check clues to see if a journal is available
Check CLUES to see if a journal is available
  • When you find a reference to a journal in a bibliography and you want to check for availability:
    • Use the JOURNAL TITLE search in CLUES
    • Type the name of the journal NOT the article title
    • Check to see if the journal is available online or in paper
    • If available in paper, check to see if the volume/number and date you require is available
google web books scholar
Google: web, books & scholar
  • Check the validity of web pages
  • Google books can help you identify some books relevant to your search
  • Google scholar is handy if only a few references are needed and if date is not important
  • Not comprehensive – usually most recent material is not available
some scholarly journals at concordia libraries
Some scholarly journals at Concordia Libraries
  • Art Bulletin
  • Art History
  • Art Journal
  • Artibus et Historiae
  • Burlington Magazine (check author)
  • Canadian Journal of Art History
  • Critical Inquiry
  • Master Drawings
  • October
  • Oxford Art Journal
  • Simiolus
  • Word & Image
you need a library pin in myclues to
You Need a Library PIN in MyCLUES to:
  • Access databases & online journals from home
  • Request books in CLUES
  • Renew books online in CLUES
  • Use the Interlibrary Loans services
  • Use Article Delivery services
  • You need a COPY card to photocopy or print
  • Computers in library are attached to printers
  • You can set up your laptop on wireless