Research Reflection / Toolkit LP Post

This is a post of the reflection on the methods and materials I have learned about research this semester both in Seminar and Studio. And the purpose of this post is to compile my ideas on research. It will help me in addition to my classmates through resource sharing.



Research is everywhere; I can see anything as a resource. I can research most of the places; If I want to do research online, I can use Wikipedia as a general understanding tool but not a bibliography. I can use the bibliography down to the page on Wikipedia and narrow down the reliable resources. Moreover, there are a bunch of official websites that give out reliable information, for example, New School Library, MOMA Archive, Met Museum, New York Times, The New Yorker, Tate museum, etc. Besides, I can use some websites like Artsy, Wiki art, artists’ official website, etc.

Furthermore, I can find many resources in the libraries as well. I am not a person who goes to libraries and do research. I like to do all my research online, which is more convenient and it gives a broader area for me to do research. I used different research tool to find something related to my theme, which is “Environment.” For example, context images, artworks, history, etc. These bunch of research is not that easy but exciting, and it helps a lot of narrowing down my theme and give myself a direction of my project through the whole semester. I am going to use and research more researching tool to make my project through the semester precise, informational, and interesting.



Claude Monet
Water Lilies


“Waterlilies” is the artwork that I chose that relates to your topics theme (Environment). I mainly used Wikipedia to get some basic knowledge for Claude Monet. And I used the MOMA archive and The MetHeilbrunnn timeline of history to do the advance research. I learned many histories about Claude Monet, also the context and content of the collection of water lilies. I didn’t know that the water lilies were in the garden is actually in his garden, and he asked people to create this intentionally. But he didn’t create the water lilies garden for painting purpose but leisure. The searching in the archive help me to gain more context, content, signifier and detail knowledge of my theme and I’ve got a better understanding of the work.





NY Times

The New Yorker


Met Museum

Met Museum’s Heilbrunn Time of Art History

Tate Museum

Tate Museum


Royal Collection Trust

Victoria and Albert Museum



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