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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Information Literacy | Research How Tos OLD

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Learning Goal: Otis graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.

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What is Info Lit?

Information Literacy = Survival

Introduction to Information Literacy from the Association of College & Research Libraries

Information Literacy at Otis: Learning Outcomes by Level

LIB globe  What is Information Literacy?

The Information Cycle 10 minute movie tutorial from Penn State

Know the Otis Library

About the Library

About Call Numbers

LIB libtour  Quick Library Tour

The Research Process

Concept Mapping

Example of How to Begin Researching a Topic

How to Clarify Your Topic

How to Broaden or Narrow Your Topic

Starting Research  Beginning Your Research

video  Scholarship is a Conversation

 What is a Research Paper  What is a Research Paper

Doing Research: An Introduction to the Concepts of Online Searching from University of Illinois

Research Paper Calculator from Tufts University

Finding Articles in Online Subscription Databases

Finding Articles in Periodicals

About Periodical Indexes

About Databases

About Keyword Searching

How to Clarify Your Topic

What Are Databases and Why You Need Them video by Yavapai College

"Seeking Information" Tutorial (5 min. Flash animation) from University of Colorado

Choosing a Database short Flash tutorial from University of Colorado

Evaluating Sources

Types of Information

Primary and Secondary Sources

Criteria for Evaluating Information

CRAAP Detection

Sample Annotations (the Otis Way)

Identify Your Sources  Identify Your Sources with Dr. Giuntini

LIB infolit cartoon  Why Can't I Just Google?

Peer Review in 5 Minutes - video by North Carolina State University Libraries

Evaluating Information In-depth interactive tutorial with quizzes from University of Newcastle

Credible Sources Count! 10 minute animated interactive tutorial from Acadia University

Using Boolean Logic

Boolean Logic (advanced searching)

Boolean Operators Video 3 minute YouTube Video explaining the concept

Using AND, OR, and NOT interactive tutorial from Colorado State

Searching Effectively Using Truncation interactive tutorial from Colorado State University

Using Information Ethically

Citing Sources

Copyright / Intellectual Property

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It


Don't forget to run your paper through Grammarly just to be sure you don't have any uncited quotes!

Copyright video  Copyright Basics Video

How to Avoid Plagiarism Outstanding Flash movie tutorials from Rutgar's University

You Quote It, You Note It!

Bruin Success with Less Stress

Copyright and Creative Commons Flash Movies