This research guide supports a project in FF161, Drawing: Tradition & Innovation in which students:
Resources for the project
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).
5. Document your text and image sources.
6. How did you do? Contact us at the Library for help with your research. Email: email@example.com
Search for Subjects in the Decker Library Catalog
ADVANCED SEARCH - choose "contains: subject" then limit results to "available online"
NOTE: These searches are set up to find eBooks.
Some Examples from Library Collections
Page from Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Enrique Chagoya, and Felicia Rice
N7433.4 .G68 C64 1998 Special Collections - Access by request at Research Help Desk
Peter Apian, Astronomicum Caesareum (facsimile) (Ingolstadt, 1540)
QB41 .A6 Special Collections.
Access by request at Research Help Desk
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.
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