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Assignment | Art Mini-Research Sequence (Armstrong): Getting Started

ARTS 1301, 1303, & 1304 Art History & Art Appreciation | Prof. Janna Armstrong (Spring 2022)

Mini Assignments for your Research Project

Discussion Post!

You'll compare a scholarly article to a popular source on the same topic (i.e. an artist of your choosing) in a post to the D2L discussion board.  How in depth is the information?  What tone do they use?  What sources are provided?

Example Pairs of Articles:

Skills to Flex:


To lay the groundwork for your future research in the next phase of the assignment, the annotated bibliography.

Your Goals:

  • short, introductory paragraph about your artist
  • annotated citations for 4 total sources:
    • 1 scholarly article from the library databases (textbook doesn't count)
  • MLA format for the page and the citations

You'll be assembling a list of resources to help out other people trying to research your artist, using a mix of scholarly and popular sources. Each one should be cited and include an explanation of how that source will be helpful.

Note! This video was recorded for an older version of the assignment! The research principles and all are still true and valid but if you hear a mention of how many sources you need, don't listen. :)
0:22 Looking at assignment goals & example
1:09 Example walk-through
2:09 Annotations explained
3:22 Guide: MLA page info
3:52 Research tab - use those databases for an easier life
5:37 Ebook Central (book database demo) + how to use books as sources efficiently
8:17 Ebook Central citation tool
9:48 JSTOR demo (scholarly articles)
12:11 "Popular source" databases (i.e. magazine or news articles)
14:07 Google search trick
15:44 Video databases - documentaries could sub for Internet sources
16:38 Grading rubric

Related Guides

Accessing the Databases

Access online library materials through the library databases!

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To access the databases locked icon (same icon that displays by the LSC-limited access resources) from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your 14-digit library barcode.

Don't have one yet? Request a barcode number online.