Scholarly publications usually end with a list of references, also known as a bibliography or a works cited page. These lists can be powerful tools for locating more sources on a topic. By finding one relevant journal article or book and reviewing its cited sources, you can locate new titles to search for that you might not otherwise find through a Library or internet search.
Examining the references in scholarly publications can also help you understand how different researchers have approached a topic and have related their work to that of others. This perspective can help you relate your ideas to those of others and make compelling arguments.
Look at a source to provide you background research, such as the Oxford Art Online database.Look for biographical information about the artist(s) and/or the culture in which they created the artwork(s). Museum or gallery websites or the artist's website (if available) are also great places to find contextual information about your object
Find Images: Find images of your object through image databases. Look at other works by your artist, objects of the same style/period, or pieces containing similar subject matter to strengthen your argument by comparing related objects
Write and Cite:
Include aformal analysis describing the physical properties and visual experience of your object
Provide contextual analysis of your object by examining its subject matter, function, and cultural / historical significance
Cite all quotes, paraphrased references and images used in your paper or presentation; Ask your instructor about what style to use