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ARTH 360: Greek Art: Getting Started

This library guide is a starting point for students enrolled in Art History 360.. It provides links and information relevant to the research paper assignment.

Research Paper Assignment

Write a research paper on a topic.

Examples of topics include:

  • statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, Laocoon, Greek temples
  • Iconographic type or theme (mythological paintings, images of the symposium, kouros or kore statues, etc.),
  • type of object/monument (portraits, funerary monuments, mosaics in private residences, jewelry, painted pots),
  • an important question about Greek art (e.g. representations of gender and/or sexuality in Greek art, images of women in Greek art, relationship of originals and copies in Greek sculpture, the study of Greek painted pots, etc.

Use a variety of sources, with a minimum of 12 scholarly sources.

  • scholarly journal articles
  • books
  • exhibition catalogues
  • major scholarly reference books
  • primary textual sources

Use Chicago Manual of Style or Art Bulletin style

 

Background Sources

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks provide background information on a topic. They help narrow the scope of a topic, define technical terms, and provide a bibliography of sources for further reading. Reference indicates the book is shelved in the reference stacks on the main floor.

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks provide background information on a topic. They help narrow the scope of a topic, define technical terms, and provide a bibliography of sources for further reading. Reference indicates the book is shelved in the reference stacks on the main floor.

Use Subject Encyclopedias as a Starting Point

A few minutes with a subject encyclopedia can save you lots of time in the long run!  When perusing entries, look for:

  • Key terms, events, and people:  you'll be able to use these when searching databases and catalogs.
  • Information about available primary sources:  texts, artifacts, art, archeological sites, etc.
  • Bibliographies with suggestions for further reading:  these are often key secondary scholarly sources!

Note:  Academic writing typically does not cite subject encyclopedia entries.  You're using subject encyclopedias to get you to the types of sources that you will evaluate and cite:  scholarly articles, essays, and books.

Oxford Art Online

Covers biographies, criticism, country surveys, artistic styles and movements, art forms, subject matter and iconography, and techniques. Note: Limit of 3 simultaneous users.

Online Subject Encyclopedias