AHST 398: DECOLONIZING ART //

Getting Started

This is a subject guide written for Decolonizing Art, the course of Annabelle Rodriguez. It is intended to help you do your research and discover sources more easily.

We recommend getting started with reference sources: specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries that will introduce you to a topic and cover the most important concepts.

Oxford Art Online.
This has an excellent article on colonialism as it relates to the visual arts. For more general or more political topics, try Credo Reference below.
Credo Reference
Credo Reference contains more than 700 different encyclopedias and dictionaries. In addition to the printed content, you can often find interactive mind maps. Try searching colonialism, imperialism, or postcolonialism.
Cultural Atlas of...
The Greenfield Library has a number of titles such as Cultural Atlas of Africa, Cultural Atlas of Islam, Cultural Atlas of India, Cultural Atlas of Spain and Portugal, etc., that can be good starting points for learning about a country.

Find Books

The University Libraries combine their holdings in one online catalog. Use the University Libraries catalog to find books, videos, CDs, scores, journal titles, etc. To locate all the materials the library holds on a topic, it is most efficient to search by subject. These subject headings are standard and are used in most libraries.

COLONIALISM--HISTORY
DECOLONIZATION
DECOLONIZATION IN ART
DECOLONIZATION IN LITERATURE
IMPERIALISM--HISTORY
POSTCOLONIALISM POSTCOLONIALISM AND THE ARTS
POSTCOLONIALISM IN LITERATURE
POSTCOLONIALISM IN MOTION PICTURES

Find Articles

Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in magazines, journals and newspapers.

Go to the library's Article Databases and Indexes page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases. Not sure which one to try? Contact Sara MacDonald, UArts Public Services Librarian. Design is a very broad area, and there are likely several databases that would be useful.

I've found articles I want to read. Now what?
There are different ways to find an article once you retrieve a citation in the index:

  • See if there is a link in the index you're using to a full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.
  • Click the FindIt@UArts icon to see if our library holds the journal title. FindIt@UArts will also tell you if the full-text article is available in a different database.
  • Use the interlibrary loan search tool, WorldCat, to request materials not owned by the UArts Libraries or to see what other libraries have the title you need.

Style Manuals

Style Manuals: Citing Your Sources

When you find information on a topic, no matter what format it takes (book, journal, Web page), there are style manuals to show you the correct way to give cite those sources in a paper.

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