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LIBB 1150: Dialogue of Art and Religion

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  • Background & Context
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Images
  • Citations

Your Assignment

In presenting on a single work of art you'll want to explore many facets of its creation. It's formal qualities through visual analysis. An analysis by connecting it to its context (historical, political, religious). What concepts does it embody (patronage practices, the notion of the artist, gender, race, etc.)?

Gathering Background Infromation

Reference sources such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great tool to get acquainted with an aritst and to begin figuring out the context in which they created their artwork.
You can very quickly get the basic information as a foundation for further research. These entries also typically include a bibliography, which will identify sources for further reading.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Oxford Art Online

An extensive online encyclopedia of Art & Architecture. Individual entries are written by scholars in the field and typically include an extensive bibliography of relevant resources.

 

Gale Virtual Reference

Searches across many reference sources at once, providing full text entires. A perfect tool to look at one topics through many different lenses.

 

Oxford Handbooks Online

Provides access to a number of books on religious studies, including information on Jewish Studies, Christian Studies, and theology. Also includes books on the influence of religion on politics, ecology, emotion, and science.

 

Brill Online

Provides access to a number of specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Islam, Encyclopedia of Judaism, Brill's Dictionary of Religion, and many more.

 

Encyclopaedia Iranica

A comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

 

 

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Finding Books

Books are important scholarly sources, however it will be rare to find an entire book on a single painting or work of art (except for especially famous works like the Sistine Ceiling). You'll want to search for broader topics such as your artist, stylistic period, or cultural context. For example if have a particular islamic building, try searching for islamic architecture

 

Your work of art or architecture may also have several names or variant spellings, especially titles that are transliterated into English, be careful with these and try all alternatives.

Library Catalogs

Chinook

Chinook is the catalog for books and other materials owned by the CU Libraries. Articles are not in Chinook

 

Prospector

If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Once requested, the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.

 

Google Books

Google books is a powerful way to search the contents of books, it's a bit easier than looking in the indexes of books on the shelf, but you may also get many extraneous results. Try searching for the title of your artwork along with the artist.

 

Holy Texts:

 

King James Bible

Online version of the King James translation of the Old and New Testaments.

 

Qur'an and Hadith

Online versions of the Qu'ran and the Hadith. Maintained by the University of Southern California.

 

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Finding Articles

Articles are the most specific resource, if someone wrote an argument about your work of art, they would have published it as an article.

 

Articles are found in Databases, which gather information on articles published in a specific field. Use Art History or Religion databases to find appropriate articles.

 

Article Indexes

Art Full Text
An excellent general resource for art, art history, architecture world-wide and throughout history

 

JSTOR

A full-text archive of important scholarly publications in the humanities and social sciences. It covers far fewer journals and so is best used when you need to be able to search the full-text of articles. You'll also get more unrelated results.

 

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The primary resource for articles on architecture

 

Art Bibliographies Modern

Best source for articles on modern and contemporary art (1850 and on)

 

ATLA Religion Database & ATLASerials

Articles from major religion and theology journals, including all major religious faiths and denominations.

 

More Databases!

All the libraries databases are organized by subject here. We have more databases on art, architecture, religion, jewish studies, and more on middle eastern studies under topics like international area studies and ethnic studies.

 

 

 

Accessing Resources from Off Campus
In order to use the databases listed below (and any other licensed resources provided by the library), you MUST download, install, and run VPN software. For more information about VPN, please see the library's page on Off Campus Access.

 

Go on to Finding Images >>

 

 

Finding Images

Image databases are more powerful tools that can help you find high-quality images. Use our How do I Find Images Guide for many more image resources.
Image Databases

ARTstor

Over one million images of visual and material culture, covering all geographic areas and historical periods. ARTstor is the best resource for finding high-quality images of art.

 

CU Digital Library

Images digitized by the University Library and Visual Resources centers. The architecture and planning collection contains 100,000 images.

 

Creative Commons

From here you can search many different online image resources (such as Flickr) for pictures you can freely use, change, or re-mix.

 

AP Images

Search for images from the Associated Press. Useful for finding images from newspapers, magazines, wires, etc. Excellent source for contemporary photos of architecture, historical sites, current events, and much more.

 

Don't forget books! They often include the best reproductions and the library provides scanners

 

 

Need Help Furthering your Research?

Want to speak with a librarian right now? You can contact us in person, via the phone, or even over IM. Use the Ask Us page to chat with a librarian even if you're away from campus.

 

Schedule a Research Consultation with a librarian to get in-depth help and guidance. I can help you overcome a roadblock in your research or with developing excellent keywords and search strategies.

 

 

Go on to Citations >>

 

 

Cite your Sources!

For this course you're required to use six reliable, scholarly sources. Remember to cite not only everytime you quote a source, but also whenever you use another scholar's idea, even if in your own words. For facts, cite those that are not general knowledge, and not to be found in any book on the subject.

Formatting Citations

You can use the OWL online guide to find clear guides to how to cite your source.

 

The library has access to the official Online Chicago Manual

 

Check out our MLA Style Quick Guide [PDF] or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

Automate your Bibliography

There are several programs available that allow you to save citations you find on the web and automaticaly generate bibliographies. Using them at the outset of your research means you won't have to go back. These are huge time savers!
Citation Managers

RefWorks

A web-based citation management tool that allows you to save citations and retrieve them later using "Find it at CU" buttons. Citations from most databases can be easily exported directly to RefWorks. It also creates and formats bibliographies automatically using the citations you store in it.

 

Zotero

A Firefox plugin that easily captures citations from library catalogs and article databases. Integrates with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice to generate bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations.

 

Mendeley

Stand alone software that allows you to organize your citations, add pdf's, and annotate. Integrates with word processing software.

 

 

 

 

Your Assignment

Part VI: Present your work to your peers in the form of an Oral Presentation with PowerPoint.

Finding Images

Images are key to a successful presentation. Using high quality images that capture exactly what you are talking about make presentations both more engaging and more enlightening. Use our How do I Find Images Guide for many more image resources.
Image Databases

ARTstor

Over one million images of visual and material culture, covering all geographic areas and historical periods. ARTstor is the best resource for finding high-quality images of art.

 

CU Digital Library

Images digitized by the University Library and Visual Resources centers. The architecture and planning collection contains 100,000 images.

 

AP Images

Provides access to Associated Press photos. Particularly useful for images of architecture, public spaces, archaeological sites, etc. Limit by date to close in on images from your time period.

 

Creative Commons

From here you can search many different online image resources (such as Flickr) for pictures you can freely use, change, or re-mix.