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ART 492: Exhibition Practice: Object Research

Object Research - Asking the Right Questions

For this project, your object is the topic. As with any good research, the questions you ask will be a vital step in the research process. On this page, we'll identify a few basic questions and things to consider when beginning your object based resource.

The next page, Questions/Analysis, links to a source that provides examples of object analysis and guidelines from professionals for particular types of objects. The final page, Person, Place or Thing, provides helpful links and resources for researching your object with OWU library resources. 


  • Who made, used, or owned it?
  • What is it made of?
  • When was it made?
  • What was its intended use/function?
  • Who was the intended audience/user?
  • Is it unique?
  • If this is a local item, what local resources can I utilize for research? What obstacles might I face?