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ART 218: Art 218 Assignment

Steps in research process

1. Investigate your object in Oxford Art Online

2. Make a list of characteristics of your object

3. Search WorldCat Local for your object

  • Use keywords to search for the object.
  • Think broadly as well.  Use keywords to describe the object's origin, composition, and style.
    Example: Roman sculpture 
    Example: Historic sites Greece

4. Use print reference books on the 1st floor (main floor) to look up your object 

Researching An Object

"After you have obtained the items from your bibliography, it is time to start doing research to contextualize your object. The research you've already done should have given you enough information to be able to think of search words that can help you find other objects you can use to do this. Don't just focus on what is known - Lucius Verus was an emperor, and you might be able to learn more about him, but you could choose to focus your research on masculinity and fabulous hair in Ancient Rome. Brainstorm before you search and as you search to find a direction to go with your research that is both valid and interesting.

Almost any aspect of your object can be a source for alternate language that will help you either learn more about it or articulate a research agenda:

  • Type of object and material
  • People: who might be shown in the object (both individuals and representatives of their age, class and gender), who might have owned or used it
  • Places: where it was found, where it was used, and what kind of place it belonged in (temple, home, tomb, public or private space)
  • Features: what stands out about this object? 

You will find examples similar to that above for objects of ancient Roman architecture, mosaic, and sculpture on the following pages."

Sources for All Objects
Amy Fry
Bowling Green University 

Sources for choosing your own present day object

Online Sources for researching your object