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Art 101 - Prehistoric to Gothic Art  

Library Sources on Art in the Prehistoric through Gothic Eras
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Prehistoric to Gothic Art


What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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Art 101 - Fall 2016 - Professor Boutin Vitela

  • The Research Paper is an analysis (5-7 pages + bibliography and illustrations; approximately 2000 words) of artworks and cultural issues.
  • This assignment will require reaseach beyond the assigned course readings.
  • Sources must be cited with properly formatted footnotes, along with a complete bibliography. Information regarding footnote usage can be found in the Chicago Manual of Syle:

Research Basics - Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process  

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The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
  2. Understand your topic
    • Background reading
    • Consider a main focus
    • Refine your topic
    • Make a list of your keywords and concepts
  3. Search Sources
    • Find Books
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
  4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
  5. Cite your sources

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            The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

            Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
            (562) 860-2451 x2425


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