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MA Dissertation training session for ARTAR

May 16th 2013

Jiyeon Wood

on 22 October 2013

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Transcript of MA Dissertation training session for ARTAR

MA Dissertation training session 3
Resources for Research
Build up your search terms
Use Boolean Operators to combine your keywords.
Defining and Refining Your subject
If you are still looking at defining your subject,
use online reference sources
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Reference Online
Brill Online Reference for regional studies
Where to start?
Library Catalogue... http://lib.soas.ac.uk
Key databases...
For articles, books, book reviews, theses, news papers...
ProQuest Dissertations
: Full text US dissertaion
Index to Theses of Great Britain and Ireland
(via British Library)
Where to find images?
(available via Senate House)- not just art, but historic photos, buildings, popular culture; over 100,000 images
Art Source
(Free trial until end of July)
Bridegeman Art Library
(available at UCL)
SOAS Archives
. http://digital.info.soas.ac.uk/cgi/w/About
Use Museum websites

(i.e. National Palace Museum)
Insight Visual Collections
- High-quality image collections (not all available to the public) http://www.davidrumsey.com/collections/
Access to other Libraries
Use COPAC (http://copac.ac.uk/search) to find if items are available in any other libraries

All SOAS students have full access to Senate House Library - borrowing books, remote access to databases

University of London and wider..

Join SCONUL access to join other libraries
Good luck
with your research...
Crispin Branfoot

Jiyeon Wood

to make searches more specific
to widen your search
to restrict your search
Use truncation

to broaden your seach
i.e. Buddh* will find Buddha, Buddhist, Buddhism
Use wildcards
for alternative spellings
i.e. gr?y will finds gray and grey
for phrase searching
( )
to create more complex
Not finding anything?
Use different search terms- make search broader
Try another database
Are you inputting the information in the
right format?
Are you looking for older materials?
What are
Electronic Resources?
Bibliographic Databases
Full Text databases
Freely available Internet sites & gateways
Primo Central:
Cross-search tool. good for an overview of the literature in your subject and to identify keywords to use in future searches
- advanced option from the Primo Central.
Individual databases
if you know the best ones for your subject
African Arts:
Aluka-African Cultural Heritage
Africa-Wide Information (via EBSCO)
Islamic Arts:
Index Islamicus, MECAS (via EBSCO)
East Asian Arts:
Bibliography of Asian Studies
C: CAJ, China Maxx
J: CiNii
K: Kiss, DBpia
South Asian Arts:
Bibliography of Asian Studies
Times of India
Ebrary- access over 60,000 books
Dawson era & Cambridge Books Online
Freely available books
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Free Full text online)
University of Hawai‘i Press (open access books)
For Copyright free Images...
Creative Commons (collections) Website
(Open Educational Resources http://www.europeana.eu )

Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources
- a constantly evolving list of image sources of varying quality, organized by topic
Managing your Bibliography
EndNote Web (via Web of Knowledge)
Zotero (http://www.zotero.org/)
Improve your Information Skills
Explore tutorials at
Enq. desk / IT Help desk is on Level E
Subject librarians live in floor C
You can find me in C3
e-mail: jw50@soas.ac.uk
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