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History of Art and Architecture Resources

Research Help During Library Closure

Our libraries are slowly opening up, but it will be a whiIe yet before things are back to the way they used to be.

Just remember: I am still available to help you with your research needs and library questions, big or small. Please see my contact information and hours of availability in the box on this page. I can help you via email, or you are welcome to use my calendar to set up a Zoom or Chat meeting.

Welcome

Welcome to the research guide for the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. Here you will find resources that can help you with your research in these areas. Please feel free to contact me for a one-on-one appointment to discuss your research. My appointment calendar can be found in the Your Librarian box on this page.

If you're new to writing college level research papers, you might like to take a look at our guide below.

 

Unknown photographer. Art Appreciation Class. ca. 1900. Luna Insight.

 

Research evaluation

It can be hard sometimes to know whether a source is trustworthy or not. One quick method is the following:

Try asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Currency: How up to date is the information in this site?
  2. Relevance: How relevant is the information for your needs? Is it an appropriate level (not too elementary or too advanced)?
  3. Authority: Who is responsible for the information in this source? What are their credentials?
  4. Accuracy: Does the source provide evidence to support the information? Can it be found elsewhere?
  5. Purpose: What is the purpose? Is it to teach, sell, persuade?

Of course, Karen can also help you determine the validity of any resource you might be unsure about.

The above test was developed by librarian Sarah Blakeslee and her team at California State University, Chico.

Acquisitions in the Brown Library