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ART 201: Prof. Guest's Archeology Project: Find Articles & Databases

What is a Database?

A Database is a collection of articles, book chapters and other information from reliable sources.

Select one of the databases listed in the middle column to locate critical analysis of the work you are examining.

All of the resources in these databases come from magazines, newspapers, journals and books. Although they are delivered through the Internet, they are not considered "Internet Sources" by your professors. 

Articles from the databases may be printed, saved to a drive or emailed for later use.

What are Primary Sources?

A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or organizations directly involved in the event. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event.

Some types are: original documents (letters, autobiographies, etc.), creative works (art, poetry, etc.), Artifacts (pottery, tools, etc.)

Databases such as ARTstor, History in Context & The Historical New York Times contain primary sources.

Want to learn more about primary vs. secondary sources? Check out this tutorial.


You will find that tracking down information on history & archeology involves trying out a variety of databases. You may want to begin your research by searching the databases for general information on your topic, but eventually you should narrow down your topic in order to find the best results. 


For example, you might begin your research by searching for information on a specific discovery- such as Machu Picchu. After you obtain some general information, you should begin looking for more specific information on Machu Picchu- such as who discovered it? Who built Machu Picchu and/or lived there? What type of culture was this? Was any artwork discovered at this site?