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ARH101: Advertisement & Visual Culture: Getting Started

Fall 2011: Laura Kalba

Primary vs Secondary Sources

"Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (as in the case of memoirs). They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer."

Find Primary Sources
Library research guide to the collections at Smith College.

Finding Historical Primary Sources
Helpful general guide prepared by the staff at the University of California Berkeley Library.

Evaluating Information

Critical Evaluation of Resources. University of California Berkeley Library.
Covers scholarly vs. popular publications, primary vs. secondary resources, authority, and other criteria for evaluating print and online sources.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask. University of California Berkeley Library.

Pope, Daniel. "Making Sense of Advertisements." History Matters. American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, 2003.

Using Hillyer Art Library

Hillyer Art Library Website
Information about art library hours, borrowing, equipment, collections, and staff.

Location of Art Library Materials
Browsing guide to the arrangement of the books, journals, and other resources in Hillyer Art Library.

Special Resources

  • Color photocopier
    prints up to 11 X 17"
  • Color printer
    prints up to 11 X 17"
  • 2 flatbed scanners 
    for print materials and slides
    11 X 17" scanning area

Get help from Nimisha Bhat

Visual Arts Librarian Nimisha Bhat


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