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This guide will direct you to print and online resources that you will need to use to find relevant materials for your AH 11 research paper.
Starting Your Research:
Use the steps in the boxes below to refine your research topic before beginning. It will save you time!
Before you even begin your research, find your selected work of art on the Metropolitan Museum of Art 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.
The Research Assignment:
Think of questions relating to your chosen work of art in the context of your research assignment requirements (consult Dr. Rose's handout carefully). These questions may relate to the object's:
Hint: Doing a thorough visual analysis of the art prior to this will help you generate questions. Also use details from the museum's information associated with the art to inform these questions.
What interests you about the object? What do you notice?
Think: Who, What, When, Where, Medium, Subject, Composition/style
You can use this guide to locate sources that will help answer your questions.
Look at your research questions and decide what category each one falls into.
If I want to find out information about the Italian Renissance, I would probably start with the historical context tab.
If I want to learn about painting techniques, 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.