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This guide is intended to assist you with research on your selected research object for CA 821. The focus is on conducting a literature review for your annotated bibliography assignment, in order to find historical and contemporary contexts for the object(s) of study, as well as theoretical and methodological frameworks for your discussion.
If you do not find the information that you need to write your paper, please Ask a Librarian for assistance or contact Sylvia Roberts, Liaison Librarian for Contemporary Arts (contact details in the box on the right). I am pleased to meet (in person, by Zoom, phone or Skype) for one-on-one consultations about your specific research project.
When you email or phone, please give me some details about your research and times when you're available (and your preferred meeting mode) so we can find a mutually convenient time.
What is a literature review?
A literature review is a text written by someone to consider the critical points of current academic knowledge, substantial and influential discussions, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches to a particular topic.
For your annotated bibliography assignment, you are asked to select 8-10 texts that relate to your object(s) of study (see the assignment outline in the CA 821 syllabus for specifics).
Also see links to online guide to literature reviews and annotated bibliographies:
- How to Write an Annotated Bibliography (SFU Library)
- The Annotated Bibliography - How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell)
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography (University of Toronto)
- Annotated Bibliographies (The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Conducting research literature reviews : from the Internet to paper [print]
- Systematic approaches to a successful literature review [print]
A selection of sources for finding theory that relates to your object of study. The linked titles are available as e-books; "print" links to the catalogue record for a print edition.
Encyclopedia of aesthetics [print and online]
Feminism-art-theory : an anthology 1968-2014 [print]
The Oxford handbook of sound and image in digital media [print]
New media and technocultures reader [print]
- Documents of contemporary art series (MIT / Whitechapel) [print]
Senses and sensation : critical and primary sources [print]
Use the following subject heading links to find books that discuss approaches to media arts research:
- Mass Media And The Arts
- Aesthetics, Comparative
- Motion Pictures
- Motion Pictures Aesthetics
- New Media Art
- Digital art
- Visual Literacy
- Communication And Culture
- Visual Communication
- Video art
- Art And Motion Pictures
The following selection of titles are available at the SFU Library, some as e-books and some in print. The link will take you to the catalogue record, with the link to the full text and/or the location of the print book so you can find or request it.
- Mapping intermediality in performance [print and online]
- Media borders, multimodality and intermediality [print and online]
- The move beyond form : creative undoing in literature and the arts since 1960
- The metareferential turn in contemporary arts and media : forms, functions, attempts at explanation [print or online]
- Visuality/materiality : images, objects and practices [print and online]
- Art history and visual studies in Europe : transnational discourses and national frameworks [print]
- Mapping landscapes for performance as research : scholarly acts and creative cartographies [print and online]
- Screen/space : the projected image in contemporary art [print]
The SFU Library catalogue includes records which describe books and other materials in our collection, both print and electronic.
If you find a book which is not in the SFU collection, use an interlibrary loan form to request it and we'll try to borrow it for you from another library.
The wide range of disciplines that touch on the nature of comparative media research requires that you take a broad view of relevant research and use a variety of indexes to find it. Each index contains records describing articles in a set of journals, chapters in books, book reviews, exhibition reviews, practitioner publications and other information sources.
If the full text of the article is not included in the index, follow the Where can I get this? link to find the full text, if available. If not available online, you can also request reprints or scans of articles using the Request item from another library function.
The following are some key indexes for literature relating to the study of media arts:
- Art Full Text (indexing 1984 to current; full text 1997 to current) Indexing & full text for journal articles on all aspects and periods of art.
- Bibliography of the History of Art / International Bibliography of Art Art bibliography covering European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present.
- Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research.
- International Index to the Performing Arts Multidisciplinary index to journals for the performing arts (drama, theater, dance, film, television).
- MLA International Bibliography Index to articles on literature and related subjects, including film and performance studies.
Anthropology Plus anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies
Communication & Mass Media Complete communication, mass media studies, linguistics and film
- Google Scholar Indexes the full text of journal articles, books and other materials on academic or research web sites
- Project MUSE Search Full text articles in scholarly humanities and social sciences journals.
- JSTOR Searchable, archival collection of core scholarly arts, humanities and social sciences journals
- Arts & Humanities Citation Index A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Some of the disciplines covered include Architecture, Art, Dance, Folklore, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Radio, Television, & Film,Theatre.
Theses & dissertations
Search Summit (SFU's institutional digital repository] or the Library catalogue to find SFU theses and dissertations. To limit to those produced by Contemporary Arts students, search "School of Contemporary Arts" AND theses.
For graduate work produced elsewhere, search the followign indexes:
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world. Historic and ongoing coverage.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) Open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world from colleges, universities, and research institutions.
Theses Canada Search for Canadian theses (Masters and PhD) since 1965; includes some full-text access.
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