Welcome to Art Research Basics, a research guide designed to help you become more independent and effective in finding useful, credible information on art and its creators. If you find you need additional help, please remember that MJC Research Librarians are available to help you in person at the reference desk and by phone, email, chat, text, and online appointment.
You can work through the entire guide by moving through the headings in the navigation bar at the left or you can simply pick and choose topics that interest you and jump around in the guide.
Research as a Process
Research in an integral part of the college experience. Research assignments require students to explore ideas, analyze issues, solve problems, or make arguments related to existing ideas. The development and mastery of research skills is an essential part of your academic and lifelong success.
Among the skills you will be expected to use are:
Identifying the goals and guidelines of research assignments
Locating credible sources in support of your thesis
Using sources effectively and ethically within your work
MJC research librarians can help you get off to a strong start on the research projects you encounter during your tenure at Modesto Junior College. They can introduce you to the research skills you need and guide you as you begin to put them into practice.
If you are interested in consulting with a research librarian on your research project, simply click the Ask a Librarian button below. More detailed information on the array of assistance available through the MJC Library & Learning Center is available on the Get Help page at the end of this guide.
Click on Ask a Librarian to connect with a research librarian