This guide is intended to help LaGuardia students with art historical research. You will find information about finding books, articles, images, video, and additional information on the following:
To find an article in a database, you will need to search using keywords.
Use keywords based on the topic you are researching. Ask yourself the following questions when choosing a topic:
I am studying / working on ____________
because I want to fi nd out who / what / when / where / whether /why / how__________.
I am studying the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat
because I want to find out how graffiti in New York City influenced his art.
Break your topic into the main ideas (aka keywords). In this example: Jean-Michel Basquiat, art, graffiti, New York City.
Now, let's take each of those and come up with as many synonyms as we can.
Art: fine arts, painting, specific styles of paintings such as "expressionism"
Graffiti: street art, tagging
Combine any of your terms using the word AND.
Example: "Jean-Michel Basquiat" AND painting AND graffiti
You can also search using search operators to expand or limit your search: "OR" (film OR movies OR Hollywood); "NOT" (film OR movies NOT "Charlie Chan").
Example: "Jean-Michel Basuqiat" AND graffiti OR "street art"
Oxford Art Online
23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images on the history of art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Essays, works of art, and chronologies tell the story of art and global culture through the Met's encyclopedic collection.
Free and open resource with essays, images, and videos by art historians