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ARTS 4095 - Raw Materials: Clay and Glazes

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  • Keywords
  • Books
  • Articles & Magazines
  • Online Sources
  • Cite


Creating Keywords

Researching your topic will require thinking of as many possible keywords for your topics in order to expand your searches. If you don't find results, it may be because you're searching wrong. Try going for broader topics or adding synonyms.


Developing Keywords

Wherever you are searching you will want to develop good keywords. Check out the How do I Create Keywords guide to learn more about advanced keyword searching.



Think of all the other ways a topic, idea, or person could be referred to, don't forget foreign languages.

ex: pottery, ceramics

ex: health, safety, risk, exposure



Put all phrases in quotations in order to limit your search just to the specific idea

ex: "salt firing"


Truncation & Wildcards

Whenever a word has multiple endings add an asterisk at the end to search all variations.

When a word has multiple spellings add a ? in the place of the variable letters.

ex: Ceramic* searches Ceramic, Ceramics, Ceramicist, Ceramicists


Boolean Searching

Power search by using Boolean searching to do many search many combinations of keywords at once. Find out how here.

ex: (ceramic* OR pottery) AND (health OR safety)



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Go on to finding books and exhibition catalogs >>


Your Assignment

You should have at least five written sources (books, periodicals), which you may supplement with Internet research.

Finding Books

Books are often on broad topics, so you most likely won't find a book on barium poisioning, but you will find ones on ceramic health and safety.
Library Catalogs


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



Surprisingly we don't have all the books in the world. Use Worldcat to search most American libraries and some foreign libraries. If there is a book published on your topic you would find it here. You can request books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), there will be a link in the Worldcat to "Request from ILLiad."


Google Books

Allows you to search within a book for content. Often times your term is mentioned within a very long book that you don't want to read. Google Books will tell you which page your result can be found on so you can just read that section. Check Chinook to see if you can get a hard copy of the books you find here.


Go on to Finding Articles and Magazines >>


Your Assignment

You should have at least five written sources (books, periodicals), which you may supplement with Internet research.

Finding Articles & News

Finding articles in journals & magazines requires using an Index, which brings together the individual titles from multiple magazines and makes them searchable. Indexes are often focused on a specific subject. Articles are not in Chinook.


You can use a general database or indexes focused on the applied arts, news, or medcine. All will have slightly different results.

Article Indexes
Design & applied arts index
Covers both schoarly popular journals on the applied arts including ceramics. The single best resource for this project, and for other research in this area.


ProQuest newspapers

Get articles from 500 newspapers covering mostly the last 30 years. A great sources for news articles on health and safety issues.


Academic Search Premiere

A good general database that searches articles in a broad range of disciplines as well as newspaper articles and popular magazines.


PubMed Central

The largest medical database. Results can often be quite technical, and articles can be a challange to get ahold of. Be brave and search here, ask at the reference desk for help finding articles.



Check out all our databases organized by subject here.



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 Online Sources >>


Your Assignment

You should have at least five written sources (books, periodicals), which you may supplement with Internet research.

Finding Sources Online

Online sources will be key in many regards to finding sources. It is important to evaluate any webpage you use for this project for reliability. Please don't take health advice from some random website.

Science & Health Databases


We are all familiar with google, and know that it retrieves both reliable and timely sources as well as out-dated and questionable ones. One strategy is to use google to find Material Safety Data Sheets by adding MSDS to your search.


CDC Workplace and Safety Topics

Resources on many different workplace hazards such as lead, cobalt, cadmium etc.


Medline Plus

General Health and safety information. Generally used by hypocondriacs, but also useful for your project.


Go on to citing your sources >>


Your Assignments

The paper should include a bibliography of your sources.

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


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.



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. Allows annotation and the generation of annotated bibliographies



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


Have a strange source you're not sure how to cite? Check out our MLA Style Quick Guide [PDF] or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.