How to Find Art Research Materials
Doing a research paper for various disciplines can be a bit confusing and challenging. Each subject has different resources and criteria for papers. This page is designed to help students conduct research and write an art research paper.
After developing a topic for your research paper, the next step is to start looking for sources. There are two types of sources to look for: primary and secondary. The link below will take you to a powerpoint presentation on how to find both of these sources particular to art history, plus other research hints and ideas.
Click here for powerpoint presentation entitled Art History Research Strategies .
How to Recognize a Scholarly Source
While gathering sources for your art history paper, it is important to be able to distinguish between scholarly sources and non-scholarly sources. Scholarly sources are more appropriate for academic research, and therefore should be used exclusively. Professor Claude Bélanger from Marianopolis College created a document discussing how to recognize scholarly sources. Please click on the link below to read and/or print it.
Writing an Art Research Paper
Writing an art history paper also requires certain elements. Formal and contextual analysis, iconography and iconology, knowledge of time period and artistic group should be addressed. Art history papers should also have illustrations of the works you are presenting, and any other visual materials (i.e. maps) that are relevant. Below are several guidelines and books that will help you write an art history paper.Make sure to adhere to any specific requirements from your professor.