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ENGL 100 / 101- Howard: Researching Protest Art

Use this guide to help you research protest art

STEP ONE: Understand Your Assignment

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Meeting Expectations

Before you start researching, closely examine the prompt. Familiarity with your instructor's guidelines is crucial for any research project. What are the goals of the assignment? What does your professor expect to see in your work? Review the prompt often as you research and write your essay to stay on track.

STEP TWO: Choose an Intriguing Movement or Artist

Here are some sites to check out for topic ideas:

Street Art  (Google Arts and Culture)    

Protest Art (User Gallery at Google Arts and Culture)

Murals (User Gallery at Google Arts and Culture)

Emory Douglas/Black Arts Movement (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Gregg Deal (Artist's website)

Chicano Park (Steering Committee website)

Banksy (Artist's website)

STEP THREE: Create Some Research Questions

Create some basic questions to guide your research and focus your reading. The questions below are based on your professor's assignment prompt, and will help keep you on track!

Step FOUR: Books for Inspiration & Information

Find more print books and eBooks in the MJC Library catalog. Suggested search terms:

  • protest art
  • street art
  • murals
  • pop art 
  • graffiti

STEP FOUR 1/2: More Sources to Answer Your Questions

Use the databases below to search for credible, full-text sources on art movements, artists, and specific works. Databases even provide MLA citations! MJC Library databases are accessible 24/7 from your home technology. If you need help navigating the databases, please do not hesitate to ASK A LIBRARIAN.

STEP FIVE: Evaluate Your Sources

It is is essential you use credible, authoritative sources on all college work. Evaluation takes practice!  

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STEP SIX: Follow MLA Formatting & Citing Guidelines

This video explains how a format style like MLA affects your work. The MJC Library has great MLA resources on their LEARN TO CITE: MLA page.

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