Art Index is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. Also indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.
ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.
JSTOR offers full-text articles in both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections. Most journals have a moving wall of 5 years, which means articles must be at least 5 years old before they can be retrieved through JSTOR. (Some journals have smaller moving walls.) HWS access includes most of the journals found in each of the multidisciplinary collections (arts and sciences I - XII), plus the life sciences and Jewish studies disciplinary collections.
Currently, Project MUSE® offers more than 650 quality journal titles from 125 scholarly publishers. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Your Research Question
What is a research question?
A research question is the question around which you center your research.
It should be:
clear: it provides enough specifics without needing additional explanation.
focused: it is narrow enough that it can be answered thoroughly in the space allowed.
complex: it is not answerable with a simple “yes” or “no,” but rather requires synthesis and analysis of ideas and sources.
arguable: its potential answers are open to debate rather than accepted facts.
Steps to developing a research question:
Make sure you are clear on the parameters of your paper. How long is your paper? How much time do you have to devote to your project? What types of sources will you be using? What type of evidence will you need to provide?
Choose a topic you are truly curious about exploring in depth.
Do some preliminary research on your topic. What has already been done? What are scholars in your area discussing?
Ask open-ended questions about your general topic using "how" and "why" statements.
Evaluate your question. Is it clear? Is it focused? Will it require research and analysis in order to answer?
Begin your research. What sources will you consult? What keywords will contribute to an effective search strategy?
Refine your question as you continue your research.
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