Come to a dinner party.
Where & Who:
The Subject-specific databases are where scholars gather and chat about their research.
Your calling cards to join the party:
Your subject vocabulary is limited in the beginning.
*People: an artist, a (literary) author, an architect, an art historian/critic, a film maker/director, etc.
*Objects: buildings, works of art, movies, novels, etc
*Theory/Theme/Genre/Style: post-colonialism, road films, video art, magic realism, gothic architecture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a case study in discussing a current art museum issue, etc..
*Time/Cultural/Geographical locations, when applicable: medieval Spain, etc.
*Others you can add to the list
**A logical combination of any of the above elements to contextualize your search.
The Dinner Party Game:
*Use the above search words for your initial searches in the databases.
*You will learn, through search results, scholarly discussions on your potential topic; imagine yourself listening in on the dinner party conversations among scholars in your field.
*A search simply by names of people or titles focuses on an essential element in a topic, while opens to all possible perspectives and approaches towards a subject. From the breadth of such search results, you have the flexibility in pursuing any narrower focus that interests you.
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