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ART 120: Design History: Getting Started

Library guide for ART 120

Getting Started

Before you Begin: Know the Assignment

  • What length is your final paper supposed to be?
  • How many resources are required?
  • What types of resources are required?
  • When is the assignment due?

Before Searching:  Develop a Strategy

  • PRE-search several topics that you are interested in to see what kind of information is available. Will there be enough to support the assignment requirements?
  • Is there a way to narrow or expand your topic using keywords? These will become your search terms.
    Example Thesis: "A lottery ticket reveals social ideas about acceptable forms of recreation."
    Example Keywords: lottery ticket, social ideas, recreation
  • Brainstorm additional search terms by finding words with similar meanings.
    Example 1: lottery ticket: lottery, lotteries, gambling
    Example 2: social ideas: culture, perspectives, beliefs
    Example 3: recreation: entertainment, amusement, relaxation

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