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FYS: The Political Print (2021)

A guide for students in professor Andrea Martens' seminar, created by Librarian Maryke Barber

OneSearch: Books, Articles, Films & More

Need some help? We have videos about how to use OneSearch.

What to Look For: Contextual Categories

These categories help you consider key words, to search for information beyond just the name of an artist:

Who = people (names of specific people, or names of groups)
Where = place names: cities, countries, continents, etc.
What = things, ideas, techniques, art materials, genres, movements.
When = time periods: decades, eras, centuries, etc.

Interrupted Reader print

"interrupted reader, woodblock print" by {studiobeerhorst}-bbmarie is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Recommended Information Types for People (Category : Who)

Recommended Information Types for Topics (Category : What)

How To Search

AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:

Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

Smart Searching Tips

Create a list of key words, and try different key words in your searches:

Who, what, where, when....topics, names and places are all good key words, so are titles, events or historical periods, genres/styles/other categories, expert terms.
Add to your list by looking for:

  • Subject terms in OneSearch and other databases.
  • related terms (artist - printmaker)
  • synonyms (woman - female)

No results? Search more broadly: 

Try your search using fewer terms, or change to broader terms: for example, use the term prints (broad), instead of just linocuts (narrow).

Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:

Try combining  search words, using "and" in between: environmentalism and protest

Search Tools

Combine your terms using "AND":

Charles White and exhibitions and review

Use the *  (asterisk) wildcard, to search several terms at once.

politic* = politics, political, etc.

Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase:

"block printing"