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ART 347: Art of the Gardner: Articles on Your Topic

Research resources for ART 347

Library Search

Want to discover everything that the library has on your topic? Try searching for your topic in Library Search, which simultaneously searches across most of the library's resources.

Search for Articles on Your Topic in these Databases

The links below will take you to databases where you can search for articles on art history and criticism, specific artists and objects. The resources on this page include articles from both scholarly and popular sources, so be sure to evaluate your sources in order to make sure they're appropriate for your project.

Finding Full Text

You can find the full text, which means a complete copy, of an article in a number of ways, including direct links to HTML Full Text and PDF Full Text in the database you're searching as well as linked full text in a different database or online journal (Find Full Text).  See the illustrations below for where to find the full text in each case.

If you click the Find Full Text button and aren't taken directly to a complete copy of the article you want, you may see a citation that includes a link to the PDF or HTML full text. Below are samples of what you might see and where to get a full-text article.

Example of where to find the PDF in another database:

Example of where to find the PDF in an online journal:



Developing Search Terms

The first step in picking a topic is to brainstorm by asking yourself a few questions.  What do you already know about this topic? Are there similar ideas that you might want to explore? What are the key concepts that you're interested in pursuing?

Once you've spent a bit of time answering these questions, you can take the concepts you've identified and use the keywords and phrases to start searching for information. Keep in mind that you'll need to build a base of knowledge before you can write effectively.

Database Search Strategies

Once you've identified the keywords and phrases for your topic, you can start to search databases for articles on that topic. For example, if you want to write about Isabella Stewart Gardner's approach to collecting Asian art, turn your topic into a keyword search like this:

Search One: (Search with keywords connected by “and”):
"Isabella Stewart Gardner" and Asia and art

Search Two: (Truncate some of the keywords using *):
"Isabella Stewart Gardner" and Asia* and art*

Search Three: (Add alternate words into the search with “(or)”):
"Isabella Stewart Gardner" and (Asia* or Japan* or China or Chinese or Cambodia*) and (art* or porcelain* or potter* or paint*)

Truncate keywords where applicable.  Truncation uses the asterisk (*) to end a word at its core, allowing you to retrieve many more documents containing variations of the search term.  Truncation can also be used to find the singular and plural forms of a term.  Example: educat* will find educate, educates, education, educators, educating and more.





Will Find:


​ Artistic
​ Artisan

​ Painted
​ Painter



Need more articles? Try Google Scholar!

Search Google Scholar for more articles on your topic. And remember to read the Using Google page in this guide to learn how to evaluate material you find on the web!