This research guide supports a project in FF161, Drawing: Tradition & Innovation in which students:
How to Discover a Tradition
Artsy.net is a highly visual website that is useful for browsing multiple artists and artworks from many time periods. It includes the Art Genome Project, which maps characteristics (called “genes”) common to art makers and to art and design works over time.
Browse all categories here. Here are some selected categories:
How to Research a Tradition
1. Search the Library Catalog for books to explore your subject.
2. Remember that eBooks can be read online!
3. Investigate your book and write down keywords pertaining to your subject. You can make a list or some kind of concept map (example here).
4. Register as a user in ARTstor, then find & download images.
5. Document your text and image sources.
6. How did you do? Contact us or come in to the Library for help with your research.
Email: email@example.com | Telephone: 410-225-2273
Research Help Hours
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Friday, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Search for Subjects in the Decker Library Catalog
Some Examples from Library Collections
Special Collections at the Decker Library
Animated GIF made from Animal Locomotion (1872-1885) by Eadweard Muybridge
TR140 .M79 A48 1887 Special Collections. Access by request at Research Help Desk Desk.
Browse or search the Book Arts Catalog for over 600 artists' books in our collection.
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All materials are available to view in the Library by request at the Research Help Desk.