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AHST 1001 - Exploring Art History: Technology and Art (Schwab): Home


Hello! This course guide has been created for students enrolled in Professor Schwab's art history course, AHST 1001 Exploring Art History: Technology and Art. In this guide, you will find several resources intended to help with your research coursework.

Below is a description of the pages found in the menu above:

  • Subject & Symbolism
  • Historical Context
  • Style & Function
  • Citation Resources 
    • You are using Chicago Notes-Bibliography Style
  • Art History Research Guide & Tutorials
    • The Art History Research Guide provides links to library databases to search for articles, plus additional image databases,
    • Selected tutorials are listed here that may be of interest. Ex: We have one for finding physical books in the Library.

Research librarians are available to help you! See the box on this page for the various ways to get help.OR contact the librarian who led your research session, Lisa Thornell, Head of Library Outreach & Communications, to set up an in-person or virtual research appointment at

Before You Begin Finding Resources

  1. Find your selected work of art on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website or the Fairfield University Art Museum's website. It is important to have this in front of you 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.
  2. Come up with a list of questions. What do you want to know about your object? Write down your questions. Think: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How.
  3. Identify your keywords and consider similar terms. Ex: Amphora, Vase, Pottery
  4. Decide what category each one of your questions falls into and then use the appropriate tabs on the guide.


If I want to find out information about a Greek or Egyptian 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.

Commons Misconceptions about this Assignment

  • I will find sources that refer directly to my work of art and / or artist. Not necessarily / probably not!
  • I will know what my paper thesis is when I begin researching. It's important to ask many questions about the artwork and seek answers to those questions through your research before refining your thesis.
  • I will be able to find all of my sources online. While this guide does include many valuable online sources, in the past, many students have found their best information in print books.

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