HUMN 2100: Arts, Culture, & Media
- Background Info
- Annotated Bibliography
- Images & Media
During your course you will be choosing topics several times, either from a list or on a "topic [that] must be relevant to the content of the course."
During your presentation you must provide your audience with a strong, basic understanding of the subject matter
Finding Encyclopedia Entries
Reference sources such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great tool to get acquainted with many topics quickly. This way you can choose the one you are most interested in. Using different reference sources you can investigate your topic from multiple perspectives.
They will give you a basic understanding of the topic and they include a bibliography, which will point you to the best sources for developing a strong grasp of the subject
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
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.
Searches across many reference sources at once, providing full text entires. A perfect tool to look at one topics through many different lenses.
Provides access to a number of important reference resources for music, including the Grove Dictionary of Music. Individual entries are written by scholars in the field and typically include a bibliography of relevant resources.
Indexes the library's print reference works such as dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias.
Go on to making an Annotated Bibliography >>
You'll need to create several bibilographies
- Presentation: an annotated bibliography of at least six sources.
- First Research Paper: Use and cite 4-5 sources in addition to those we’ve read for class and create an additional bibliography.
- Second Research Paper: Use at least 4 sources and create a bibliography
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!
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.
Stand alone software that allows you to organize your citations, add pdf's, and annotate. Integrates with word processing software.
- Use a combination of texts and articles – none of which can be a web-based source.
- Use both primary and secondary sources
- Quote authors and artists you have researched
- Must rely heavily on examples from music, literature, or visual arts to illustrate your theses.
Books will be some of the most important sources (both primary & secondary) you will find on your topic.
Chinook is the catalog for books and other materials owned by the CU Libraries. Articles are not in Chinook
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.
Use a combination of texts and articles – none of which can be a web-based source. Use both primary and secondary sources.
Finding Articles & Magazines
Finding articles in journals 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. Use the index that matches the subject you are researching to find the best articles.
Broad range of topics including art, music, theater, and literature.
Art Full Text
Literature, language, drama, theater, and much more.
World History except for America and Canada
Film and Television articles
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.
Getting Articles in Print:
If you find an article and we don't have it electronically, chances are we have it in print. Search Chinook for the journal title, then either find it on the shelves or request a PDF.
Does your paper intersect with topics beyond Art, Literature, Music or Theater?
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.|
- You must use Powerpoint/video/music/other media
- You must rely heavily on examples from music, literature, or visual arts to illustrate your theses.
Images are important to both illustrate your points and as primary sources to be analysed. Using high-quality images and finding details can be vital to performing a visual analysis.
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.
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.
Images digitized by the University Library and Visual Resources centers. The architecture and planning collection contains 100,000 images.
Provides access to Associated Press photos spanning 160 years. Includes both images and sound.
The library owns over 55,000 sounds recordings, which you can find via Chinook. Learn more at the Music Library.
Use the Libraries' How Do I Find Videos and DVD guide to find both CU owned content and Web content.
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