All research begins with the language that you use to think about your topic. This language provides keywords to frame your research topic. Start your search by developing a simple concept map of your topic using keywords to search for books, DVDs, and other material in the LCC Library catalog. Remember, you can search the Library catalog from home 24/7!
Here is a simple keyword map to begin research on feminist art and artists in the US. You won't use all the terms at once, but this will help you keep track of your search terms.
|Concepts of place or time||Concepts of material/technique||Concepts of subject|
|21st century||sculpture||women artists|
|United States||art or artist|
* this truncation will search both feminism, feminist
A subject heading is a phrase used to describe content or subject matter. Finding the subject heading that leads to the information you need can be the most difficult step in doing library research. The keywords you use to describe your topic may not be the same words or in the same order as the subject headings used in the catalog. If you were looking for book on German painters, you could search for keywords German painting or use the subject heading, “Painting--German”
Although complicated, subject headings are really useful. Always start your search by using keywords in your own natural language. From the catalog results list, find an item of interest and click on the full record to see the subject headings assigned to that item. Click on the relevant subject heading to retrieve more items in the same category. Be sure to keep track of particular phrases that narrow or broaden your results.
Many subject headings provide detailed information about the item's contents. Use LC headings in the subject field of a search in the LCC Library catalog. Always remember to ask a Librarian if you need help finding materials for your research.
We have many DVDs on art history, art-making, and artists through the ages. Use the Library catalog to find videos and DVDs on your topic by choosing the format in the right hand panel.
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