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POM ARHI 134 / Latin American Avant-Gardes / Romero / SP22


Welcome to the Research Guide for  Latin American Avant-Gardes

As you do your research, please don't hesitate to email me with any questions you have or set up a Zoom research appointment. I'm happy to help!

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Also, don't forget about the slides from the research workshop:

Historiography Research

As a part of your research project you must write a art historiography paper. A historiography paper is an "analysis of the interpretations of a specific topic written by past historians." 

For this paper you'll need to select 2-3 scholars who have published about your artist(s). You need to compare how these scholars interpreted the artist(s).

When it comes time to select scholars who have written about your artist, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Go to Oxford Art Online, which provides bibliographies about artists at the end of their encyclopedia articles.
  • Search Library Search for your artist. See if there are scholars that often appear in your results. When searching, don't forget to open the records for books, especially exhibition catalogs. These catalogs will have multiple scholars contributing chapters. 
  • Try citation chaining. Citation chaining is a research technique that uses sources you already have, like books and articles, to find other sources in conversation with each other. Check out this video to learn more.


Alan Witt, "How to Create a Historiography," University Libraries of Rhode Island, 2012.

Identifying 6 Important Written Source Types Used in Art Research

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