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ENG102: First-Year Composition

Resources for success in English 102, First-Year Composition.

Art and Its Purposes Assignment

Paintings are "dreams created by man for those who are awake." --Plato 

Articles on Art and Its Purposes


The articles linked below are general overviews of the purposes and intentions of art. Start by considering what these articles have to say, then narrow down your research question to specific types of art and specific purposes.

Consider the artwork shown in the link below. This link suggests art can be both functional and symbolic.

Art as Psychologically Beneficial

This brief article describes art's effects on the creator. Those who create art improves resilience.

Picture Yourself Resilient

Search Strategies

When starting research, a general reference database is a good place to begin. General reference articles:

  • Provide overviews of a topic
  • Give essential background information 
  • Explain key concepts.

​Use keywords from your research topic to begin searching in the Gale Virtual Reference Library or Credo databases. To access off campus, simply input your MEID and password when prompted.

Find Articles through One Search

"Search for Articles" searches most GCC databases all at once. The number of search results might be a bit overwhelming, but those results can be further sorted by type. Use the "Search for Articles" box below to:

  • Get a birds-eye view on the variety of results for a topic
  • Find articles in multiple databases 
  • Discover how your topic relates to other fields of study
  • Limit to scholarly articles or magazine or reference by selecting corresponding radio button beneath search box.

To access off campus, simply input your MEID and password when prompted.


Search for Online Articles



List of All GCC Databases

The GCC Library subscribes to a large number of databases. These are available only to GCC students and contain information not found on free websites. Browse the GCC database page to:

  • To see the full list of databases,organized by subject.
  • Conduct a more narrowed search in individual disciplines
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