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Online Library Research Tutorial

Library tutorial on planning research, searching for and accessing online resources, and evaluating information

Planning Your Research

Activity: Concept Mapping

Develop a Concept Map

Based on your topic, interests and experiences, brainstorm some terms and concepts based. You can use these prompts to get started:

  • Time period (Is my work related to a specific period?)
  • Person (Is my work related to or inspired by a specific artist, writer, designer, theorist?)
  • Technical tool (Does my work use any particular technique or materials?)
  • Social or political issue (Does my work address a social issue such as health, race or class?)
  • Contemporary issue (Does my work explore an issue in contemporary art? Eg. gallery representation, accessibility, economics?)
  • What kind of role does my creative project have in the broader context of contemporary art and design?

Here is an example of a concept map of John Berger's Ways of Seeing

concept map showing aspects of John Berger's Ways of Seeing

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Write a Research Question

Use the handout from the ECU Writing Centre to write an effective research question       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC