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Art and Design: Reference

A basic research guide to Art and Design for Marshall University students.

    Citing Sources

Citing sources is a required part of any research project.  If you fail to cite  or cite properly, consequences can be severe.  MU Libraries have prepared some quick guides to the most common citation styles and have identified resources that assist in preparing citations. 

Reference Databases

Consulting reference sources is a great way to start your research.  Remember that most professors will not accept work that uses information from Wikipedia.  Many of the library reference sources are available online.  Here are some examples.

  • CQ Researcher
    In-depth articles on "hot" topics and controversial issues.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Collection of full text, PDF encyclopedias with coverage in arts, history, literature, and science.
  • Grolier Encyclopedia
    Online encyclopedia that will appeal to young and middle school students. Includes information for teachers including curriculum standards and some suggested lessons. Provided by the WV Library Commission as part of WV Info Depot.
  • Literati by Credo
    Large collection of online encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources. Specialized topic pages provide in-depth research on a variety of topics.
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    Outstanding source for definitions, etymologies of words, and much more.
  • Points of View
    Research "hot" topics or contemporary issues with point-counterpoint content. Information about the research process is also available.
  • World News Digest
    Online equivalent of Facts on File and Editorials on File. Includes background and analysis of news since 1940 and also has research tools such as almanacs and encyclopedias.

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