Research Skills Intercollegiate Network
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The programme is supported by the AHRC, LAHP and CHASE

Participating institutions:

The Bartlett School of Architecture
Birkbeck History of Art
The Warburg Institute
Courtauld Institute of Art
Goldsmiths College
SOAS
UCL Slade School of Fine Art
UCL History of Art

Web Resources

Web-Based Resources for Art History and Visual Culture: Text

British Library http://www.bl.uk/
COPAC http://www.copac.ac.uk/
Tate Gallery http://www.tate.org.uk/research/
Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/
OIAster http://oaister.umdl.umich.edu/o/oaister/
Getty vocabularies http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/
Voice of the Shuttle http://vos.ucsb.edu/
Papers of Surrealism http://www.surrealismcentre.ac.uk/publications/papers/
Artists Papers Register http://www.apr.ac.uk/artists/home.htm
UbuWeb http://www.ubu.com/
Luxonline http://www.luxonline.org.uk
International Dada Archive, University of Iowa http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/dada/index.html
Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture, University of Exeter http://www.centres.ex.ac.uk/bill.douglas/

RESKIN: Research & The Internet

By Julian Stallabrass, Courtauld Institute:

Project Gutenberg:

http://www.gutenberg.org/

Internet Archive:

http://www.archive.org/

IA Wayback Machine: http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

Historical Materialism:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/historicalmaterialism/

Retort email network: to subscribe email retort@sonic.net

Institute of Distributed Creativity:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2457237647

Chris Anderson, Free: The Future of a Radical Price: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing Is Changing the Face of Business, Random House, London 2009

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-03/ff_free

Picture sharing:

http://www.flickr.com

Lawrence Lessig blog:

www.lessig.org/blog

Wolfram Alpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/

Komar and Melamid

http://awp.diaart.org/km/

Natalie Bookchin and Alexei Shulgin's Introduction to net.art

(1994-1999)

http://on1.zkm.de/netcondition/projects/project06/netart

By Eva Bensasson, Courtauld Institute

1. Incoming information
Finding text:

Institutional repositories 

http://roar.eprints.org/

Online Journals

Publishers’ websites  

[often sample chapters]

Google books  

[use a different browser to continue reading if you reach your page limit]

Amazon  

[edit your ‘viewing history’ in order to make best use of Amazon’s ‘suggestions’]

Online sharing groups  

[check legality]

Finding images, sound and video:

Artists’ own websites

British library sound archive 

http://sounds.bl.uk/

Ubuweb 

http://www.ubuweb.com/

Interviews with artists

Sound files

Artists’ videos

Video documentation of art performances

YouTube

2. Managing the information

Research databases / reference management systems

Zotero [free, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation] 

http://www.zotero.org/

DevonThink [mac only and not free] 

http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/devonthink/

If using EndNote, remember to set the preferences in Google Scholar to easily import references.

Importance of noting the access dates for information found online and where possible saving a PDF or other copy – the information may not still be there when you return.

Research blogs – be careful what you ‘casually’ post if aimed at a professional group and you are using your real name.

3. Putting information out

Online Publishing [for a discussion of online publishing in academia, please see the first chapter of Gary Hall’s book, referenced below]

Personal Learning Networks (or ‘communities of interest’)

If one does not exist, make your own. Private or public: 

http://www.ning.com/

Further reading

Hall, Gary (2008) Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now. Minneapolis, MN: U. of Minnesota Press.

See also:

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/booklibrary/collections_services/links.shtml

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/booklibrary/collections_services/journalsonline.shtml

By Suzannah Biernoff, Birkbeck College

Henry Tonks pastels on the Gillies Archives website:

http://www.gilliesarchives.org.uk/Tonks%20pastels/index.html

Project Façade: www.projectfacade.com

2K Forum: “Project Façade vs BioShock?”

http://forums.2kgames.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-1836.html

Bioshock Making Of – Characters (view from 5:50):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ7YT8Ajr0c

Wellcome Images: http://images.wellcome.ac.uk/