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Art Appreciation Research Guide

This guide is intended to be a starting point for students taking the Art Appreciation course by providing information on how to obtain books/e-books, peer-reviewed articles, images, and other information.

When to use

  • Use journal articles to find in-depth information on a specific topic.
  • Articles in periodicals often provide the latest news or thought on a particular topic.
  • Scholarly journal articles typically analyze more specific topics than books do.
  • They are the primary means by which scholars in the natural sciences and most social sciences publish their research.

Selected Library Databases

A database provides access to published materials in scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and other valuable information sources. Search databases below to find articles on your topic!

A note on peer-review

Peer-reviewed articles are articles that have been evaluated by the writer's professional colleagues or peers.  The idea is that the reviewers will judge the writer on scholarly standards within the field by examining the research methodology, style, ethics, etc. 

Most academic databases will allow you to find peer-reviewed articles by simply checking a box as you refine your search. 

Need a reminder on the peer-review process?  Contact your librarian!

Choosing Articles

Types of Articles 

  Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed, Academic) Popular (Magazines)  Newspaper


Audience with knowledge in the field.

Language is very technical.

General audience.

Language is easy to understand.

General audience.

Language is easy to understand.


Also known as Peer-Reviewed, Academic, or Scholarly Journals.

Written by researchers, academics, scientist, professors, etc.

Generally considered popular-interest sources.

Generally written by journalists, professional writers, and in some cases scientist or scholars for non-academic purposes.

Generally written by journalists and reporters with or without special training in the subject.
Best To find in-depth research and analysis of a specific aspect of a topic.


To find an opinion on popular topics and for entertainment.


To find current information about an event, local and global issues, people, places at the time of publication.

To access opinion or arguments through the Editorial section.

Examples Journal Ethnomusicology, Early Music Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, etc. The New York Times

G.R. Little Library

Elizabeth City State University