Skip to Main Content
We are working to upgrade the research experience by making ongoing improvements to our Research Guides.
You may encounter changes in the look and feel of the Research Guides website along with structural changes to our existing guides. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please let us know.

ARH 6897: Art and Human Rights - McConnell

Conducting Art Research

Search Terms

List your search terms, broadly, narrowly, and as you continue to do your research. Here are a few broad terms:

  • art and human rights
  • art as activism
  • civil rights art
  • history art injustice
  • holocaust art
  • human rights and art
  • human rights and art india
  • human rights art history
  • human rights artists
  • protest art
  • role of art in human rights
  • war art (speciify particular war or conflict)

Conducting Research in Art

See tips about conducting research in Art from these museums:

You may also find information on conducting research on other art or museum sites listed under

  • research
  • tools
  • explore
  • education
  • learning
  • blog or other terms 

Primary Sources

Primary Sources in art can be the artist's words, interviews, the actual works of art, exhibition catalogs, and more!

Here are some resources for finding primary resources in art:

Searching for Contemporary Artists

Check out these tips!

  • Search other college and university sites in Google or Bing. Look for digital or special collections that they have. Type in artists name, followed by Organizations can be searched using
    • Example: art human rights OR protest art
    • Example: activism art
  • Look through ProQuest Dissertations and Theses for publications on your topic. Look at the References/Works Cited section within these documents for lists of resources.
  • Plan your research far enough in advance that you can request books through UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan, or articles via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Consider other repositories like Google Scholar or Open Access sources.
  • Many videos will also include transcription of the voice. Use "Ctrl-F" to search for terms or names in the transcription to see if your topic is covered in sufficient detail to warrant watching the video.
  • ALWAYS write down your search terms, good searches, related terms, and failed searches to avoid going in circles.
  • Use a citation manager like EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero to keep track of your references (even after graduation, you will have access to this account). 


Last updated on Mar 13, 2024 3:22 PM - Guide Creator(s)