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Assignment Specifics

What qualities does an abstract work of art have in the context of Western art history?

What are your personal reactions to the works, citing the elements of art and proinciples of design?


Search Strategies

  • Locate and search appropriate resources
  • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
  • Think of synonyms
  • Use Boolean searching
  • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
  • Be creative
  • Search for a variety of sources - print text, video, audio, still images, speeches, interviews, charts, graphs, research and case studies, and more!

Some key words to include in your search:


  • biography
  • childhood


  • "art movement"
  • museum
  • gallery
  • exhibit
  • collection
  • "historical context"
  • era
  • "time period"
  • analysis
  • criticism
  • review
  • interview
  • opinion
  • argument


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    Biography in Context (Gale)


    Print Resources: Destiny

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    Free Online Resources

    Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.

    • Who is providing the information?
    • Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
    • What is the purpose of the site?
    • When was the site last updated?
    • What is the possible bias?


    When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.

    Be responsible.

    Be honest.

    Show integrity.


    Record Bibliographic Information

    Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:

    • Author/creator
    • Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
    • Page number
    • Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
    • Publication date
    • Name of subscription database (if used)
    • Format (web, print)
    • Date of access (if found online)


    • NoodleTools
      NoodleTools is a bibliographic software tool to assist you in creating accurate source citations in MLA and APA formats.

    Citation Resources


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