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Tips on ways of searching through ArtLex.

There are several ways to search through ArtLex. The site is extremely easy to use. Visitors need only the most basic Internet browser skills. A basic understanding of art terminology is helpful, because users must choose terms as starting points from which to find information. Instructions and navigational links for using ArtLex are all found on the home page. If you don't see them there, go to Below the index, is a list of shortcuts to some of the longest articles. If your browser is not frames-capable, go to http://www.artlex/ArtLex/ArtLex.noframes.html.

Searching ArtLex via Google is an option.

Another way to search is to go to the OneLook Dictionaries site. When there, type in the word you're looking for, click on the "send" button, and you're searching the contents of ArtLex's articles about 3,600+ words as well as 1,700,000+ words defined in OneLook's collection of 200+ dictionaries/glossaries. OneLook's search engine does not examine any words within articles following listed terms. Your browser may be equipped with a "find" button, however. That engine will search through all words on whatever page you have open.

When you don't know what the word is that you're looking for in ArtLex, look up some related terms. Articles can be found easily through the use of the navigational links, and there are so many cross-referencing links imbedded in the text -- links to other definitions and examples. At the end of most articles is a list of other related terms. So, for example, if you were looking for a word used in printmaking -- the name of a technique, or a material, or a tool used in it perhaps -- you're likely to find your word mentioned in the article at "printmaking".

Going off on tangents to discover related issues is especially satisfying -- they increase understanding! The many visual examples that support definitions are strong content in themselves.

ArtLex serves as a portal to related sites. Numerous links are provided for investigation beyond ArtLex's boundaries. Clicking a link to an external site makes the visitor's browser display the destination on a new page. That is particularly helpful when an image or text on the new page would be best seen alongside the info in ArtLex. You can make good and creative use of them in your research.

ArtLex's online accessibility coupled with its highly interactive text and rich set of images will make it particularly useful to you.

In addition, you may be interested in some suggestions we have for specific ways artists, students, educators, collectors, and galleries might use ArtLex.


Tips on looking up names of artists in ArtLex.

Artists' names aren't listed as terms themselves simply because this project had to start within some boundaries. For the present, the verbs, adjectives, a few proper nouns, and the many common nouns used in the visual arts are numerous enough for a writing staff of one. Listing more proper nouns will have to wait a bit!

Nevertheless, artists and the titles of their works are currently cited within entries about terms. So when a visitor is looking for Leonardo da Vinci or his Mona Lisa, for instance, a visitor is likely to find them within articles about such terms as Renaissance, portrait, aerial perspective, and sfumato. Or, use Google's search engine to find ArtLex's citations of the artist you're researching.

Other means for researching artists' names are noted in ArtLex's article on artists.


Citing information from ArtLex in research papers, scholarly manuscripts, etc.

More and more research is being done using sources on the Internet, and we hope ArtLex is useful to researchers.

There are several authorities on what form citations of online sources should take. Writers should consult their teachers or editors about what style is most acceptable within their institution or field of study.

One highly regarded authority on such issues is the MLA Handbook produced by the Modern Language Association. The MLA Web site includes updated information on MLA documentation style. Various pages on the site answer frequently asked questions and list examples of citations for materials found on the World Wide Web. A citation of an article in ArtLex might, in MLA style, look like this:

Delahunt, Michael R. "Romanticism." ArtLex Art Dictionary 8 October 2005. 23 October 2005 <>.

This example was written by using the following format:

Name of Author. "Title of Article." ArtLex Art Dictionary date of last update [found at the bottom of the "Home" page]. Date when accessed <URL>.

When researchers talk about "APA style," they are often referring to the American Psychological Association's system of citations in text and reference format. Many publishers observe the APA's editorial style -- rules or guidelines -- to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. Requirements to use the APA style might include only ways to cite references or additional elements of editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field, so it may be wise to clarify such issues with instructors and editors. APA's style rules and guidelines are set out in a reference book called The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


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