The Dorothy H. Hoover Library is opened to the general public during regular operating hours and any print materials in the collection can be used on site during operating hours. Note that access to any internet-based electronic resources, databases, or online image collections is limited to current OCAD U students, staff, and faculty only.
If, however, you do want to sign out books as a visiting researcher, the following procedures apply:
You have various options:
Although Canadian art is covered in many sources, the best starting point for academic essays, exhibition reviews, interviews with contemporary artists is Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) . Although the database does not sound like an art-based research collection, it includes seminal publications including Canadian Art, Canadian Architect, C Magazine, Border Crossings and others. As well, major Canadian periodicals that publish exhibition reviews are included, notably the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, or Toronto Life.
JSTOR is a journal database that provides access to hundreds of academic journals from all subject areas. There are over 200 art journals and also has excellent coverage of design research. It is the most popular database in the library's collection and generally presents half of all the journal articles accessed here at OCAD U. Is it the best source to use for peer-reviewed journals?
This actually can be a challenging request. In general our OCAD U Library Image Databases will offer effective coverage of art and design from all time periods and all cultures of the world, but these resource do not cover EVERY artwork ever created!
One of the foremost collections is ARTstor Digital Library which offers sample images from all historical eras, so you may want to select artworks for use in academic research based on what is available through this collection. The OCAD U image collection is searchable in this database. Note that it offers full catalogue records for each images (creator, date of creation, medium, dimensions, image rights information), so it offers all the information needed for full image citations. It also features impressive zoom-in capabilities for a fine detailed view of artworks.
Other options include:
Citations are an important part of academic writing; they help us track the history of an idea from its first iteration through to the present. By not using citations when borrowing ideas, concepts, images, or direct quotations from others, you are in danger of plagiarism or academic misconduct charges. View our OCAD U Library Citing Sources guide.
There are three major citation styles:
Citations use two basic elements: the cited reference in the body of your paper and the bibliographic entry at the end of the paper. Each style has a unique format:
Verify with your instructor to see which style you are to use, the links above will offer guides from the Online Writing Lab from Purdue University which are useful for most questions on citations.
Peer-review is similar to art critiques (crits) used in studio-based learning. Before any work of art or design is completed, it is evaluated by one’s peers in the studio. Similarly, before an article is published, it must be read and approved by a board of scholars who decide whether it is should be included in a scholarly journal or whether changes are needed before it is published. There are two basic ways to search for peer-reviewed articles:
select "More Search Options" from Summon Search, then select "Show only -- Peer reviewed publications"
choose a Journal Article database, then read through the description of each to identify whether:
the database allows you to LIMIT search results to "peer-reviewed titles only" (database portals such as Academic Search Premier ; Business Source Complete ; Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) ; Film & Television Literature Index )
For more information, see the Finding Articles Guide
Summon is a portal that searches almost 200 different databases, catalogues, and other web resources; each with a different configuration and metadata standards. Given this volume of information, sometimes links to external resources are temporarily broken.
But trust that Summon is correct; the article, ebook, or streamed video that is indicated as being available in a database collection usually is accessible. You just need to do a little extra work to get it! If you see an error message after clicking a "Full Text Online" link from Summon:
Usually this will then lead you to the article. Note that if you are looking for a full text journal article, you can also try:
Research is a unique process, but you may want to review some of the material from the Getting Started guide to see the basics of academic research.
In general, it is best to FIRST start with comprehensive information sources. You are likely doing this already, as most people start researching topics with either a Google search and/or Wikipedia to find background information, key ideas and theorists, citations to articles, related terms, etc. However, we strongly encourage OCAD U researchers to begin with:
Use broad search terms to start; for example if you are research an object from another time period or culture of the world, then these eras and/or country names will be your first search terms. If you are researching an nautilus shell cup from sixteenth century Germany, then the entry on Germany from Grove Dictionary in Oxford Art Online will help you evaluate the object through a material culture perspective.
Summon is a powerful portal that allows you to search almost all our databases as well as our print library collections. It is the default search box accessible from the OCAD U Library homepage. By adding a search term, you could potentially find books, ebooks, exhibition catalogues, journal articles, images, streamed videos, and more. See the search guides for Finding Books or Finding Articles for more assistance.
Summon works best when you begin limiting search results by:
Citing images correctly is just as important as citing written sources in your work. The following guides provide specific guidelines for citing images from some of the most common sources.
If you have an exact citation for a journal article,
For example, for Canadian Art