Reference sources are useful for getting basic background information about the artist(s) you are researching before you dive into searching for articles and books.
Art History has several well-known key reference sources for getting exactly this type of background information on your artist.
Not all articles are created equal. You will, at times, hear your professors request scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles in your research. Being aware of these differences will help you direct the best sources for your research.
|audience||written for a general audience||targeted to scholars in a particular discipline||targeted to professionals in a particular field|
|authors||usually general staff writers||scholars in the field with degrees, credentials, and affiliations||staff writers or others in the field, most familiar with the area at hand|
|sources or bibliography||usually none||extensively cited||may refer to reports or other sources in the text of an article or have short lists of citations|
|articles||vary in length and subject||tend to be lengthy, broken in sections, summarizing research||varying in length, related to a single area or discipline, often news and reports|
|language||simple and non-technical||uses terms and concepts specific to a particular discipline||mix of jargon and technical terminology of a given field|
|use||current events and general trends||summarizes in depth research of a particular discipline||current news and trends in a given field or discipline|
A research paper with a correct citation style not only establishes your reputation as a researcher, but allows your reader to find copies of texts you used to further their own reading and knowledge.
Following are a few links to helpful cites about citing your work in the Chicago style:
Read call numbers line by line.
Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, C, D, DS... M, ML, N, NA, NB, NC
Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 20, 23, 100, 101, 200, 237
The third line is a combination of a letter and a number. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal:
.C28 comes before .C3
.C3 comes before .C52
Read this line as above. Some books, not all, have more than one of these combination letter-number lines.
The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
1985, 1991, 1998, 2000