The sections of this course guide will help you locate the required scholarly sources for your choice of research paper.
1) A thorough analysis of a work of art from a museum collection
2) An investigation of an art history issue from the list of topics for this class.
Review the Scholarly Sources link to the right titled before you begin. These guidelines will help you identify the type of material you must use. In art, there is a great deal of opinion that is not sufficiently scholarly to meet scholarly standards, so knowing what to look for will keep sub-standard resources out of your paper.
Resources are not limited to the CSUSM collection. We can get books from nearby libraries for you (see the Circuit link for information) or Interlibrary Loan all at no cost!
Helpful information on using Google Scholar and Google Books is also available. These are places to look AFTER you have used the books and articles CSUSM makes available to you as much of the content found in these two resources will not be full text.
For background information on your historical period, the library has both electronic and print resources. Here are some examples:
The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
5th Floor N5610 .G76 2007
The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art
5th Floor N8510 .G76 2008
The Dictionary of Art (also published by Grove)
Library Reference N31 .D5 1996
Historical Dictionary of Neoclassical Art and Architecture (online access for CSUSM users)
Many more helpful titles can be found by searching our catalog using the words ART ENCYCLOPEDIA (or DICTIONARY, the terms may be used interchangeably by some publishers) or your particular art period as a search term.
Available on the web:
Timeline of Art History
A site provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art using images from their vast collections.
Librarians are available to assist you in person or virtually.