What is Peer Review?
Peer review is a process used to evaluate research and ensure quality and effectiveness of articles published in most scholarly journals. Check out this short video to learn how the process works, why it is used, and why you should include peer reviewed articles in your own research.
Primary and Secondary Sources
One of the best ways to find primary sources is via secondary sources (books and articles). Primary sources, or excerpts from primary sources, may be reprinted and/or cited in secondary sources such as books and journal articles. This is an excellent way to determine which primary sources will be most relevant for the research topic you are studying.
Encyclopedias and other reference works (tertiary sources) are especially helpful for finding primary source documents in art history. So even as you are just starting your research, pay close attention to any primary source material that is being cited. Another way to find possible primary sources is via Sourcebooks. Hint: use the keyword "sources" or "sourcebook" or use “diaries” or “letters” and for example Gauguin when using OneSearch.
Instructions for Logging in Remotely to Library Resources
1. To begin looking for sources for your research paper, such as ebooks, ebook chapters, and peer reviewed journal articles, start at the Brooklyn College Library’s website.
2. To get to the Library’s website, you can Google “brooklyn college library” or use the URL: library.brooklyn.cuny.edu.
3. For off-campus access to the Library’s resources, click on the “Remote Access / Login from off-campus” icon (the orange house) located along the bottom of the Library’s website. Or you can wait to be prompted for remote access when you click to view an e-resource.
4. The Brooklyn College Library's electronic resources (e.g. journals, ebooks, databases, etc.) are available to registered students, faculty, and staff when off-campus, including while abroad.
New for Fall 2021, to authenticate for remote access to Library databases you will be prompted to use your CUNYfirst Username and Password to log in (same credentials for logging into Blackboard). However, as links and webpages get updated, you may be prompted to log in using our old format: Click here for those instructions.
Students, faculty, and staff will all use this format to authenticate. Using Firefox as your browser is recommended.
The login takes you to a redirect page, and then the CUNY login page. Click here: for troubleshooting help.
Best Bets for Beginning Your Research
For those new to art history (and for general inspiration for everyone) discipline-specific guides to art research and writing about art can be very useful. Here are a few, and places to find more:
A classic text on writing about art, first published in the early 1980s with many later editions and still an excellent guide, is Sylvan Barnet's A Short Guide to Writing About Art. This work is one of the classics of the field.
Andrei Pop's How To Do Things With Pictures: A Guide to Writing in Art History is downloadable guide created as part of the Harvard College Writing Project.
NYU Department of Art History - Tools for Formal Analysis is another great source.
Art Object Research
Tips for Object Research
The museum website where the object is housed can be a great first stop for information on your object. The Metropolitan Museum's website offers basic label information as well as more in depth information on its collections. Click on the image below to view the Metropolitan Museum's web page on this painting.