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Art and Art History: Getting Started

Writing Tips for Art History Assignments

UNH Writing Center Handouts - The UNH Writing Center has handouts that help with writing all parts of a research paper

Steps in Writing a research paper - Starts with development of a research question and thesis and goes through all of the steps for writing a research papers.

Writing Guide from University of Michigan 

Art History Assignment Types - a Guide from UNC that describes common types of Art History Writing Assignments

Writing About Art History from Purdue University

Some Useful Books in the UNH Collection

Accessing Library Resources Remotely

Current UNH students, faculty, and staff may access many library resources, including databases, from off campus:

  1. Navigate to the resource you want on the UNH Library website.
  2. You will then be asked for your UNH IT ID username and password. (This is the same username and password as MyCourses.)
  3. Once verified, you will be forwarded on to your resource directly.

Once you have logged in, you can access databases and other electronic resources available through the library web site.

For questions about remote access to library resources, please contact us using the Ask a Librarian link.

Research Process

Develop Search Vocabulary

People in different professions can talk about the same topic very differently. This worksheet will help you develop and keep track of research vocabulary.  

Developing a Topic

Think about the information you are searching for and brainstorm a list of the various keywords that describe your topic.  What words or combinations of words will retrieve the specific information that you need?  As you retrieve information take note of any new keywords or subject terms to use in your research.

For example you might search using:

The Name of the Artist

  • Monet
  • Picasso
  • "J. M. W. Turner"
  • "John Singer Sargent"

The Title of the Work

  • "La Japonaise"
  • "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit"
  • "The Slave Ship"

Country, Region, or Place Name

  • Japan
  • "United States" or America
  • Adirondacks
  • "New England"

Subjects, Themes, Time Periods

  • war
  • motherhood
  • slavery or abolition
  • "gilded age"

Movements, Theories, Schools

  • impressionism
  • cubism
  • orientalism
  • "pop art"
  • "Ecole de Paris"