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AH 495 - Senior Thesis in Art History

For 9/17
 Mind map an image!

Using the large sheets provided in-class, paste an inspirational image (found in a book or on ARTstor) in the middle of your paper.  Mind map your newest ideas around it!

The "Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How" of the object.
What questions come up as you look at the image?
What associations (artist, other objects, subjects) come to mind as you examine the image?

Bring your mind maps, brimming with ideas, to the libary next Wednesday!

Choosing a thesis topic
The best place to start is to focus on what you are most drawn to: a particular image/object? an artist? a time period?  Once you have that, you can start asking questions and narrowing down to a question that you think would make a good project!
Good places to for basic information:
Oxford Art Online
Kresge Library Catalog (Try a "subject search" for your basic topic ideas, and browse books for inspiration)

Several books in the library provide strategies for research, such as Badke's Research Strategies.  
Mind mapping can also be very useful for thinking out your ideas and finding a direction.
Find Articles and Books
Find Images
  • ARTstor Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. 
  • GoogleArtProject
Museum websites can also be excellent sources for images.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.

Library Contact
Picture: Katie Greer

Katie Greer
Assistant Professor

Schedule a research appointment: 

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Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.


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