This research guide covers:
- How to conduct research
- Searching for images
- Searching for advertisements
- Searching for academic articles
- Where to find help
1. How to Conduct Research
a) Concept mapping - a visual representation of the concepts related to a topic, and the relationships between these concepts. This technique enables researchers to understand big-picture patterns within their research, and concept maps are also useful when conducting literature searches. Click here for more information.
b) Search Techniques Video: Developing Search Terms Video: Putting Together your Search Terms
Search string example: (“factory” OR “sweatshop”) AND (“Bangladesh” OR “Rana Plaza” OR “Savar” OR “Dhaka”) AND “collapse”
2. Searching for Images
a) newspapers – with images
Factiva - provides full-text access to international newspapers, business journals, and market research reports. Click here to watch a YouTube video on how to use Factiva, produced by the University of Texas Libraries.
Tip: perform keyword search and refine results by clicking on “pictures” in upper tab
Alt-Press Watch - includes full-text articles from alternative and independent press.
Tip: after performing a search, refines results by “document feature” and select “photographs” (right hand column).
b) newspapers – without images
Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies - includes full-text articles from the leading Canadian news sources
Lexis Nexis Academic - a portal to full-text documents from business, legal and reference publications
Finding images in these newspaper articles might involve some detective work! You might have to search for the publication through the Western Libraries catalogue and obtain the original document or microfilm. Visit the help desk at the D.B. Weldon Library if you need assistance finding these materials.
- © 2012 image courtesy of Will Hart via Flickr Creative Commons
For more news sources available through Western Libraries, check out the Journalism subject guide (not to mention the Visual Arts subject guide!)
3. Searching for advertisements
ProQuest Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive - contains full-text articles from US and UK trade magazines that cover film, music, broadcasting and theatre.
Tip: Type your search terms into the advanced search field, and select “advertisement” under the “document type” section before clicking “search”
Ad*Access – includes over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Users can browse by company, product, date, etc.
4. Searching for academic articles
Summon – Western Libraries’ “discovery layer” enables users to access a range of content using a single-search method. Refine your search using the left-hand column.
Catalogue – Search for books and journal titles available through Western Libraries.
Visual Arts Program Guide - there is more out there!
5. Citing Sources
Consult the guidelines posted on OWL Western Libraries’ Style Guides (Chicago Style)
How to Cite Images in Chicago Style (link to a guide by the Colgate Visual Resources Library)
Check out RefWorks, software that is available to Western students that helps you organize your citations and create bibliographies with the click of a mouse.
6. Where to find help
Need help? Contact Claire Parker (email@example.com) or swing by the VRL (VAC241A)