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Art Education Research Guide: Basic Resources

Introduction to the history of art education, theories of artistic development, teaching and learning in K-12 environments. Originally created for ARTE 2100: Introduction to Art Education

Browsing the Stacks for Art Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers

N Visual arts

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC Drawing. Design. Illustration

ND Painting

NE Print media

NK Decorative arts

NX Arts in general

TR 1-1050 Photography

TR 845-899 Cinematography. Motion pictures

Reference Resources

Start here to expand keywords, and to find basic information (about artists and movements). 

Presentation Tips

Be succinct Practice!  Backup your presentation (Dropbox is great - and you get 2GB of free storage)!

Catalog Search

The catalog provides resources with specific content and contextual information.  Start your research here.

Use keywords here - with quotes to search for something specific.  Look at the entire record - not just the call number - for additional information (i.e. notes, subject headings, etc.).

General Searching Tips

Here are a few very basic searching tips (for books and databases) that you should definitely keep in mind when doing your research regardless of the database you are using.

  1. Use the Advance Search page.
  2. NEVER click/check the Full Text link/box. If you do, you will loose access to journals that EBSCO does not have direct access to such as Sage Education Journals and those are very important education journals.
  3. Use the Thesuarus, it can provide you with correct and/or alternative search terms.
  4. Avoid putting too many words into the search. It's much easier to narrow a large set of results, than it is to widen a narrow set.
  5. Look at subject headings for additional search terms.
  6. Look at bibliographies!
  7. Check out the authors your professor and/or textbook suggest related to the topic.
  8. Use the ''Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)" link/box judiciously. In ERIC it may remove articles older then 2004 that are peer reviewed.

Writing Resources

Browsing the Stacks for Education Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers

  Education (General) 

LA History of Education

LB Theory and Practice of Education

LC Special Aspects of Education

LU Children's Literature

 

  Research Tips

Brainstorm
Break up sentences or long phrases into separate search terms. Write down initial search term ideas. Add to this list as you search and encounter other potential search terms. Cross off terms that aren't working.
 
Do preliminary research
Don't assume there will be a lot of information on your topic. You may end up needing to narrow or broaden your search quite a bit to find anything related to your topic. 
 
Books vs. Articles
Books may be helpful for background information and for familiarizing yourself with a topic. Articles can provide more current information and typically address a very narrow piece of a topic.
 
Keep a log of your search
Keep track of what sources and search terms "work" and which ones do not.
 
Cite as you go
Find citation help here.

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