Franklin &  Marshall College Library

NTW 139: What is Representation?

A few questions...

Is non-representational art really representational after all?

Did you pick an artifact that truely interests you? How close can you focus on your artifact?

Did you test your artifact in the various resources listed below to see if there is significant research?

Will you need to visit where the artifact is located? If so, have you planned ahead for travel and resources?

Have you planned ahead to acquire materials from other libraries if necessary? You may need to use Interlibrary Loan or EZ-Borrow.

Library Catalog, constructing an effective search

The Library Catalog is a terrific tool for attempting a words or phrase search, reviewing the results, then examining the full details. Often the full citation will reveal useable (and linkable) Subject terms.

Example (class text):

Personal Author Gardner, Howard.
Title The mind's new science : a history of the cognitive revolution / Howard Gardner.
Publication info New York : Basic Books, c1985.
Physical descrip xv, 423 p. ; 24 cm.
General Note Includes index.
Bibliography note Bibliography: p. 393-408.
Subject term Cognition--History.
Subject term Cognition--Research--Methodology--History.
Subject term Artificial intelligence--History.
It may be useful to widen your research in Worldcat, Reader's Guide and Lexis-Nexis.
The OCLC Online Union Catalog. Over 55 million records of many types of material cataloged by OCLC member libraries around the world. Updated daily. You will almost certainly need to use Interlibary Loan to obtain items found in Worldcat. Be sure to give yourself at least 2 weeks to borrow items from other libraries

Readers' Guide Retrospective
Comprehensive indexing of 500 of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. The complete database covers the years 1890 through 1982. Reader's Guide and Lexis-Nexis might be good resources for current journal and newspaper articles.

Art reflects the natural world

Use these resources to find materials that discuss how painting, photography, musical composition, theater or film may be used to imitate the world through artistic creation.
Art Full Text
Variety of international English-language arts publications. Indexing from 1984 to present, abstracting from 1994 to present.

Grove Art Online
Online version of the 34-volume text covering all forms of the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990s. Includes 41,000 articles and 10,000 color images. Grove is also located in the Reference Room at Ref N31 .D5 1996.

Grove Music Online
Online version of the New Grove Dictionary of Music, this online resource is updated quarterly and is considered to be the premier authority on music. It now also includes New Grove Dictionary of Opera. May be a good source for information about the architecture and acoustics of performance structures.

Project Muse
Searchable access to scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and mathematics. Decent theater sources my be found here.

Humanities Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering classical studies, history, literature, performing arts, philosophy, and related fields. Covers 1984 to the present. You might also check MLA (Modern Languages Association) if your artifact is literary. Be aware that MLA is a comprehensive research database that often reveals materials that are not in the F&M Library. You will most likely need to use Interlibrary Loan if you find worthwhile resources in MLA.

Philosopher Index
A comprehensive scholarly database covering book and journals since 1940 in philosophy.

ATLA Religion Index
Comprehensive database in religious and theological scholarship. Includes index citations, journal articles, essays in multi-author works, and book reviews from ATLA's print indexes: Religion Index One (RIO), Religion Index Two (RIT), and Index to Book Reviews in Religion (IBRR). Covers from 1949 to the present.

Science describes the natural world

Use these resources to find materials that attempt to describe the natural world through scientific method.
Science Full Text, General
Journals and magazines from the U.S. and Great Britain, covering all major scientific fields. Indexing from 1984 to present, abstracting from 1993 to present.

A collection of abstracts and articles from over 200 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years. Jstor has a fairly strong science component.

How does the mind manage the natural world? Use these resources to develop your definition of cognitive theory and how it relates to your artifact.

The APA's index of journals, books, dissertations, and reports on psychology and related fields. Includes indexing from Psychological Abstracts. Covers 1887 to the present.

Index to journal articles, government studies, books, dissertations, and other material on education and related fields that combines citations of sponsored reports, from Resources in Education, and over 750 journals, from the Current Index to Journals in Education. Covers 1982 to the present.

Education Full Text
Indexes more than 400 domestic and international English-language periodicals and yearbooks. Subjects include administration, teaching methods and curriculum, literacy, and government funding. Covers 1984 to the present.

Last updated: 2/19/04 ag, contact Andy Gulati for assistance, 291-4261