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AHST 1103: Arts of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas (Covaci)

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Museum Object Research Project

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.

Research Librarians are here to help you with your assignment so please contact us should you need any assistance. You can stop by the Library Services and Information 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

In this assignment you will learn to combine your skills of visual analysis with using library resources to identify, research and answer a question raised by a work of art you have seen at a museum. You can find an image of your artwork and helpful information about it through one of the following links:

Getting Started

Now that you have selected your object:

  1. Review your library session prep worksheet that you completed prior to this class. Look at the keywords you want to explore the and questions that you have. You can add more keywords as your research progresses. Your questions might change once you start finding sources.
  2. Open the link to your museum object from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale Art Gallery or other museum that you have visited. Check to see if there are links or citations to other sources. If your object is from the Met, there may be a link to the Heilbrunn Timeline, or Met Publications.
  3. Open up the Library Worksheet on this guide and start searching the links listed on the sheet. It is recommended that you complete the tasks on the sheet in order so that you start with finding background information from Oxford Art Online and the Met's Heilbrunn Timeline (Ex: search Oxford Art for "Sicán  OR Lambayeque"), then find books or ebooks about a topic/genre/region (Ex: search the Library catalog for "gold masks" or try "south america AND masks"), and then more focused information from scholarly journals on library databases such as JSTOR (Ex: "metal* AND masks AND Sicán  OR Lambayeque")
  4. Follow-up with your professor if you would like to use a website that is not listed on this course guide. Follow-up with a librarian if you would like further help finding or citing sources. You can make a research appointment with a librarian here:

Class Example- Funerary Mask from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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