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:
Country, Region, or Place Name
Title of the Work
Name of the Artist
Movements, Theories, Schools
Subjects, Themes, Time Periods
The following flow chart can be helpful in identifying the concepts around the research process. But remember that research is not necessarily linear--as implied by the flow chart--but can be very iterative. Start anywhere here and you may be moving backward and forward through the chart.
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.
Art History Assignment Types - a Guide from UNC that describes common types of Art History Writing Assignments