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Tutor profile: Shannon C.

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Shannon C.
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Subject: European History

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How do I learn about the political climate in Spain that led to Columbus’s voyage?

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Go to a trustworthy resource, again a university library online catalogue is a great resource. The online catalogues often search print and digital sources, books and articles. A good filter to look for is ”peer reviewed,” which means authorities in the field read and approved the article. Searching for the full subject is a little too specific. You want to identify your key words/subjects. And you want to look at the publication date. Considering the subject, newer pieces might reflect the most accurate perception of the period. Whereas books published much earlier often present a whitewashed version of history. That being said, finding source material from the period will provide the “inside” perspective.

Subject: Art History

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How am I going to find information about artists Hitler liked?

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The best option would be to go to the source, publications from Germany produced while Hitler was in power, but finding those materials will be difficult. As the physical source material is obviously in German, you want to look for digitized and translated versions of it from institutions that own those materials. Trusted sources may be found through university or college libraries, as they have agreements with partnering institutions and their collections.

Subject: AP Art History

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How do I write about African Figures from our Museum if they don’t have an artist?

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When writing about an object, part of your work will focus on what you do know about the object. Describe the object: material, shape, height, See what information the. Museum has, like where in Africa they came from? African is very general. Location will lead to tribes, if the Museum doesn’t already have that information too. Then you can place the information in its context. Why was it made?

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