Most research assignments should have a combination of different source types within your research. Books are a great resource for doing research. E-books and physical books both fall into this category.
Books differ from peer-reviewed journal articles because books provide general overviews of a topic, whereas articles are shorter and more specific.
Remember: You don't have to read the entire book! If there is one chapter in the book that works for your topic, just read that chapter.
The link to the library catalog will take you to an advanced search. Use these steps to fill in the search box:
Your results will come up as a list of sources with the ability to save links. Along the right side of the page is a sidebar with more filtering options.
The sidebar is labeled "Tweak your results." Use some or all of the following tips to narrow down your results further:
Finding Scholarly Articles
These articles are basically the "bread-and-butter" sources for scholarly research - they're used in every discipline.
What does peer-reviewed mean?
If an article is peer-reviewed that means that before the article was published it was reviewed and scrutinized by other experts in the same field. This process ensures that the sources are reliable and trustworthy.
Why you should use them:
These source types may also be referred to as peer-reviewed article, academic article, or journal article.
Here are some of the best databases to use for finding scholarly articles in art:
When faced with searching for images of specific works of art, keep the following tips in mind:
(Tips by N. Kendrot & Kent Library @ SEMO.)
Look for images of artwork here:
Finding Reference Resources
Reference resources are great sources to provide you with background information or context for a topic. These resources can be dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides, handbooks, etc.
The best place at the VCSU Library to find reference information is our Credo Reference Database.