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2A: Types of Resources

A portal or gateway site is the best place to begin research. These sites, which are intended to serve as "jumping off" points, will lead the researcher to a variety of useful sources that have been selected because of their relevance or quality. A portal site may include thousands of links on a wide range of topics, or may be very specific in scope and point to a small number of resources.

Portal sites may allow keyword searching, provide topical, hierarchical browsing (drilling down) or both search and browse capabilities. Another useful starting point for research is the search engine, particularly those that are subject-specific.

2B: Examples

ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News

An aggregator of arts news, with a customized Google search box (in the middle of the page) for finding news on particular topics.


Find art news, video, film, previews, information about upcoming shows, books, and more.

Design Observer

Find articles, blog posts, reviews, and more related to design (including graphic, architecture, and urban design).

2C: How to Find More


Using a general web search engine is a great place to find art information. Many search engines have specialized image searches, such as Google Images.


Use ArtForum to find information on sculpture.


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