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HUMN 101 Summer 2017


Welcome to the HUMN 101 Summer 2017 Research Guide. This guide is designed to help you find resources needed for your course assignment. Use the tabs on the left to find library resources, assignment specific search tips and information on academic writing and citing your sources.

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Research Plan

  • Once you've received an assignment it's a good idea to read the assignment over to make sure you understand it. If you're unclear on any aspects of the assignment clarify with your instructor what it is you're being asked to do.
  • Develop a topic and then decide how best to narrow its focus.
  • Determine the types of sources you'll need to gather for your assignment: books, journal articles, images?
  • Think of some of the key words that best describe your topic.
  • Use the library's resources to find the sources you need. Use the key words you thought of to conduct your search. Ask a librarian for help if you need it. Refer to the Getting Started in the Library Guide.
  • Gather your sources together in an easy to find location. A folder on your desktop or in Dropbox will work well for your electronic sources such as journal articles.
  • Evaluate the sources you've gathered to determine which ones will work best for your assignment.
  • Remember to cite the sources you use and include them in your bibliography.

Research Tips for Exhibition Assignment

  • Visit the Museum of Anthropology and take note of the artists, themes, contexts and keywords present throughout the exhibition
  • Read over the assignment and brainstorm topics
  • Explore your topic online looking out for artists’ websites, museums + galleries, academic institutions, and other cultural organizations
  • Explore the context of the artwork you are focusing on in library databases
  • Develop some vocabulary, identify keywords and map out concepts for your research and writing practice
  • Search the library and talk to a librarian
  • Develop a familiarity with the publications and documents of contemporary art