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ART 310: History of Italian Renaissance Art: Background & Keywords

Keywords

KEYWORDS carry some of the most important meanings that will open doors to vast amounts of information. You can develop keywords by searching reference sources, books, websites, and thesauri, among other materials.

Creating KEYWORD lists are important in that you will use these terms to search library tools such as the library catalog and article research databases. 

Where can I find background information?

It is important to gather background information on a topic before diving into doing research. It can supply context information to give a better understanding of a topic, and it can also be a great way to start developing keywords to use during the research process.

Background information on a topic can be gathered from a variety of sources, including textbooks, books, reference materials like encyclopedias, and reputable websites. Listed below are several examples of websites related to Italian Renaissance art that could be used for this purpose:

Additionally, the Encyclopedia of the Renaissance is an important resource when studying this time period. While the library doesn't own this resource, Dr. Liston has a copy in her office. Please contact her if you would like to use it.

Thesaurus

In addition to the link to Thesaurus.com below, MS Word has a built-in thesaurus: