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ARTH 132A: Intro to Art History Renaissance to Modern: Home

Starting Your Search

  • It helps to start by writing a list of words that you will use in your search.
    • artist's name
    • medium (e.g. painting, sculpture, etc.)
    • date or time period of your artworks (e.g. 17th century, Expressionism, etc.) 
  • Keep notes as you research, the terms you used, where you searched, what you found.
  • Once you have some words do some background research to add more terms to your list.
    • biographical information about your artist
    • define any terms you don't know related to your chosen artwork
    • find a map or timeline to place your artist and artwork in time and place
  • Now you have a bit more information on your topic start looking for more in depth information.
  • Search for books, use the bibliography to find even more books or articles.  
  • Use library databases to search for articles.
  • As you encounter words, theories, etc. that you don't know circle back to do more background reading.

The librarians and your professor are here every step of the way.

Finding Sources

To find books (and more!) use DePauw's Discovery search. It will also search materials owned by libraries all over the world.  

 



Throughout your searches you will see this icon/button:  

Click on it to see:

  • if the article is online in another database
  • if we have a physical copy in the libraries
  • if not, and it looks useful for your research, you can request an Interlibrary Loan

To find full text for articles or ebooks when using our Discovery Search, click the Access Online button:

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