Basic Requirements for the Research Project:
"For your final project in this class you will each select a historical or contemporary artist whose work engages with issues of sexuality or gender. You will need to do some research in order to select your artist, searching in your text books or in other survey books of contemporary art, art magazines and internet sites. After you select your artist, you will research your artist, write a 4-5 page paper complete with images, citations and a work cited list (or endnotes and bibliography). Papers should be in New Times Roman 12pt. font and include a selection of images. You do not need a title page, but you do need a title.
Please do not write a biography of the artist. Artist biographies can be found easily on the internet. Your paper should be a critical analysis of the artist’s work in relation to issues of sexuality, gender and representation. You should use the readings and ideas discussed in class as a framework for your analysis." --From Dr. Kavky's assignment
Sources by Art Historians and Art Critics
Sources by the Artist
Which of these sources are acceptable, and which are not acceptable?
Search for the name of the artist along with a relevant contemporary issue:
Cindy Sherman and feminism
Power Tip: You can enclose the author's name in quotation marks to perform an exact phrase search.
What if this search strategy doesn't find enough good sources?
1. Try typing in related words:. You many find different articles each time you change your keywords, even though those keywords might relate to the same topic.
Cindy Sherman and women's issues
Cindy Sherman and gender
2. Switch to another database. If JSTOR does not find enough, try Art Full Text instead.
3. Ask a Librarian. Brett's office is located behind the front desk in Thun Library. He has a mosaic of R2-D2 on his office door. You can also get "virtual help" by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CAT is the main search tool for finding books at all Penn State Libraries. Here are some strategies for searching in it:
Strategy 1: Look over the lists of Dr. Kavky's recommended books in Canvas and in the bibliographies ofyour textbook. Search for the books by title in the CAT by changing the drop-down box to Title.
Strategy 3: Look for books on movements or trends in contemporary art that may include a discussion of your artist. For example, if I can't find books solely on Judy Chicago, I could type in feminist art and flip through the general books on feminist art that I find to see if they discuss Judy Chicago.