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  • LA/LA: Place and Practice is a two-day symposium organized by Scripps College, the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and The San Diego Museum of Art in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA an initiative led by the Getty. Supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, this two-day event will be held at The San Diego Museum of Art on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and at the Getty Center on Monday, May 4, 2015. RSVP here.

  • 33rd Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    6:30pm
    The Beverly Hilton
    Cocktails, Dinner, and Runway Fashion Show

  • LA/LA: Place and Practice is a two-day symposium organized by Scripps College, the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and The San Diego Museum of Art in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA an initiative led by the Getty. Supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, this two-day event will be held at The San Diego Museum of Art on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and at the Getty Center on Monday, May 4, 2015. RSVP here.

  • On the Roof

    May 05| Exhibition
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    Graduate Fine Arts Final Exhibition featuring work by

    Soo Yun Jun 
    Delia Perez Salinas Tijerina 
    Yasmin Than
    Sean Cully
    Rachel Indergaard 
    Kristy Baltezore 
    Angie Kim 

  • View work by the next generation of creative professionals in

    Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
    Communication Arts: Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration
    Digital Media: Animation, Game & Entertainment Design, Motion Design
    Fashion Design: Costume Design
    Fine Arts: Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres
    Product Design
    Toy Design

    Graduate Fine Arts

  • View work by the next generation of creative professionals in

    Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
    Communication Arts: Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration
    Digital Media: Animation, Game & Entertainment Design, Motion Design
    Fashion Design: Costume Design
    Fine Arts: Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres
    Product Design
    Toy Design

    Graduate Fine Arts

  • CLASS OF 2015 COMMENCEMENT!

    The 2015 Otis Commencement Exercises is scheduled for Sunday, May 10,  2015. The ceremony will be be held at 3:00pm locally at Westchester Park, due to limited space available on campus as a result of the Campus expansion project. More details on Commencment will be emailed to students during the Spring 2015 semester. Please save the date for commencment.

    For questions or comment related to ALL commencement related matters, please contact Mike Luna, Director of Student Activities at (310) 846-2595.

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Introduction to Visual Culture

This assignment is no longer in use. (7/15/14)

 

Step 1:

This is the first Otis course where you will be required to learn and use research skills. The Librarian recommends that you the investigate the tutorials located on the Information Literacy Tutorials page.

Step 2:

Pick an artist/designer/maker and work from the following list. List of Artists/Designers

Step 3:

Read each assignment carefully. Understand what's expected. You will be creating an Annotated Bibliography to cite and evaluate each source you use. Take notes as you do your research. Use a citation formatter such as Easybib.com for the actual citation. Sample Annotations.

Step 4:

Learn how to use the Library's OPAC or online catalog. Find at least one book that includes information about your artist/designer/maker. Do a keyword search first to get an overview of what's available in the Otis Library. Remember, there will probably be more than one student researching each artist/maker and the number of books is limited. Start early with your research and be considerate of others.

In a few cases, you may be lucky enough to find an entire chapter or book about one work, but more likely you will not. Your goal for this step should be to find substantial information about your artist/maker and the context in which they worked.

Step 5:

Find two or more periodical articles. Start with EBSCO Art Source available through the databases link. (It searches 2 different databases at the same time--Art Source and Omni.) Try a key word search. If you get too many hits, limit searching to subject only. That way you'll exclude smaller mentions of your artist/maker. Some of the citations will be to the full-text of the article and some will lead you to the actual magazine.

Other good possible databases with full-text articles are ProQuest, JSTOR and E-Library. Each database interface is different and you'll need time to familiarize yourself with how they work. It's good practice for future research.

For those articles which are not "full-text," please check the Otis Library Magazine Holding List to see if we carry it. We have back issues of many art/design periodicals, so many will be available to you in print form. In either case, it will be helpful to look at the actual publication because writing the required annotation requires finding out more about the writer, editor, or magazine. Anyway, as art and design students, you will want to become familiar with as many of the periodicals as you can.

Warning! Don't try to do this step using a search engine on the free web. For this assignment, you are required to use the Otis subscription databases. We require it because we want you to become familiar with them. From experience, we know that a great deal of reliable information will be found there.

Step 6:

If you also want to use the free web, you may. If you do, search for a content-rich academic/educational websites about your artist/designer/maker. Searching the web can be overwhelming. Too much information may, in fact, be more trouble than not enough.

Pages ending in .org or .edu may be good ones, but make sure the author is not a student doing a class assignment or just a syllabus. Undergraduate college students are not considered "experts" in the field of art history. Try to find something written by a curator, museum professional, professional editor, or faculty member. It may be difficult to find the author's credentials. There are some tricks to this and we are happy to help you with this step. If you want to refine your skills or you are having trouble, go to the Library and talk with Sue Maberry, the Librarian. Finding information is her expertise.

Step 7:

Once you've found everything and read it, you're ready to type up your Annotated Bibliography. Use the categories described in Types of Information for your annotations. Remember to use MLA style for the citation portion. Many of the databases have a Cite button where they will provide the citation to the article in whatever style you need.

Step 8:

The librarians and the library staff are your friends. Ask for reference or computer troubleshooting assistance any time. You're not bothering us. Really.

The SRC has tutors available to assist you with the writing and word processing. Start early so that you will have time to avail yourself of these services. We are all committed to supporting your learning experience.

Helpful Links

List of Artists/Designers

Library Visit Worksheet

Citing Sources

Sample Annotations

ORE Form Helpful when preparing annotations

Types of Information

CRAAP Detection



 

Resources

Art History Tutoring Schedule

Student Resource Center

Art History Tutoring

Jeanne S. M. Willette in the SRC

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Student-Recommended Citation Formatters

Easybib.com

Citation Machine

KnightCite from Calvin College

Online Writing Help

Grammarly