Instruction & Workshops

Fall 2012 – Practicum I:  Research Workshops

The Research Workshops will provide first year students with a comprehensive overview of the research tools and resources available at CCS Bard and how best to utilize them.  The workshops will cover three main areas to give students a deep understanding of the structure and mechanics of each of the following types of research tools:  online catalogs, citation and full-text indexes and databases, and archives and primary sources. Each of the three units will consist of two 2-hour classes; the course as a whole will require six meetings, 12 hours in total. The first class of the unit will function as an introduction and investigation of concepts and models, followed by an assignment designed to prompt students to engage with and use the resources presented. The second class of the unit will give students the opportunity to present their findings to the group and discuss problems that they encountered.

Attendance and participation in the program is mandatory for all first year CCS Bard students.

I.          Online Catalogs

Two 2-hour sessions on online bibliographic catalogs, the organizational schema they are built upon, and how to best navigate them. Students will be introduced to the Library of Congress (LOC) standards—the classification scheme and the controlled vocabularies—with a window into their history and the benefits and limitations that come with them. Fundamentals such as reading an LOC call number and interpreting catalog records will be covered. Using as models Bard’s home catalog, Felix, and the global catalog, WorldCat, students will learn the dimensions of these digital catalogs, when to use them, and how to maximize their searching within them. The open-source citation manager, Zotero, will also be introduced as a tool for compiling annotations and building bibliographies.

  • Wednesday, September 12, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 19, 10:30am-12:30pm


II.        Citation and full-text indexes and databases

Two 2-hour sessions exploring the most frequently used indexes (print and electronic) and electronic databases at CCS. Students will be introduced to the concept of an index and what information it captures and, just as importantly, what it does not include. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the coverage of electronic indexes and how to choose the most appropriate tool to access different types of information. The coverage of specific journals within databases will be covered, as will the concept of the “moving wall.” Selected resources will include Art Bibliographies Modern, Art Index Retrospective, Bibliography of the History of Art, Ebsco Academic Search Premier, J-STOR, ARTstor and Project Muse.

  • Wednesday, October 3, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 10, 10:30am-12:30pm


III.       Archives and Primary Sources

Two 2-hour sessions examining archives and manuscript collections, their various internal structures and documentation types, repository types and their specific constituencies, and the bibliographic tools used to locate and identify materials relevant for research.  Selected resources will include: Archive Grid, the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), and World Cat.  The first session will also discuss the differences between accessing archival materials in person and digitized selections online.  Students will be shown a selection of recent initiatives to digitize archives including the New Museum Digital Archive, White Columns’ Archive in Process, and the Archives of American Arts’ fully digitized collections.  This session will also prime students for the archival research they conduct as part of the required class, History and Practices of Curating, which they take in the second semester of their first year.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 24, 10:30am-12:30pm