Hello and welcome to the DiMenna-Nyselius Library! My name is Lisa Thornell and I am the librarian who will be helping you begin your research project in class today. You can use this course guide as a starting point for your research in our library research session and for the remainder of the semester.
Reference Librarians are here to help you with your assignment so please contact us should you need any assistance. You can stop by the reference desk when you are in the library, contact us via instant message on email, text us at (203) 295-7542, or schedule an individual research appointment. Additional information about library hours, citation help, etc. is located on the library home page.
Starting Your Research:
Before you even begin your research, it is important to brainstorm keywords and research questions. Open up your class example (on the right of this guide) so that you can use your formal analysis skills and the details provided in the museum's catalog record to formulate some research topics or questions.
Open up the library session worksheet:
The Worksheet will ask you to use the following resources AND look at the print resources selected for the class:
You can use this guide to locate sources that will help answer your research questions.
Look at your research questions and decide what category each one falls into.
If I want to find out information about a Roman mythological figure, I would probably start with the subject matter and symbolism tab, and possibly also check the historical context tab afterwards.
If I want to learn about sculpting techniques or how a piece of jewelry was made, I would look under the style and function tab first.
Also, use your research questions to isolate and brainstorm keywords that you can use to search online sources and look up in the index of print sources.