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INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESEARCH PAPER
min. 3000 words, approx.15 pages excluding bibliography in 14 point font before bibliography
Your introduction: The central focus of your paper (the artist and artworks chosen) should be clearly stated in the introduction to the paper. You may and should use the ‘I’. For example: “In the following pages, I will analyze a specific selection of artworks by the artist ____, with a critical look at some important themes and theoretical concerns that are prevalent, namely, _____, _____, and _____. The artworks in question were chosen because ______________, and they relate to each other due to ______ (medium, theme, etc. . . ). My goal here is to investigate the theme of/issue of ________. I will be drawing upon the art historical and art critical views of ________ and _________ (provide names of theorists, theoretical approaches such as gender theory or critical race theory, etc. . .). The following art history methodologies will be employed to complete the study: visual analysis, comparative analysis (of works by different artists), content analysis, critical discourse analysis, and field research (if trips to museums or galleries to see works in situ were involved).
Structure of paper: The paper should be comprised of the following: an introduction including a clear indication of your topic and direction (sometimes offering a few questions is a compelling way to begin). In your introduction, you want to tell the reader what you intend to do in the first or second page of the paper. In your introduction you must justify the choice of artworks and artist chosen. Explain the logic of your choice of artworks. There must be a reason beyond the fact that you like them. What unites them in terms of theme or medium? Soon after, a visual analysis (describing what the works look like) of the selected image(s) or artwork(s) must happen, addressing the artworks in chronological order. Then, a contextualization of the works within art history and/or cultural theory, which involves a review of the published literature by art critics, historians, and cultural theorists (this essential information/research can be woven into the body of the paper). Towards the end, if you wish, a brief presentation of your own interpretations or point of view (your own point of view is best demonstrated if you have already presented scholarly/critical views published by others). Finally, a brief conclusion with (if you wish) suggestions for next steps, or points of inquiry for future research. In your conclusion, do not simply repeat the statements you have already made in your paper point by point (= boring), but re-articulate your main ideas in a different way.
3000 words minimum, not including Illustrations, Bibliography or List of Works Cited.
Double-spaced. 14-point font for body of text; 12-point for footnotes or endnotes.
PAGES AFTER THE FIRST MUST BE NUMBERED.
For citations, you can use whatever reference style you prefer as long as you follow the style guide consistently. See SASS web-page for PDFs on APA; MLA; Chicago, and other style guide formats. http://sass.uottawa.ca/en/writing/resources.
Good sized and decent-quality illustrations provided at end of paper on separate pages, linked in the text with [Fig. 1] (etc. . .) with captions (name of artist, title of work, date, materials, and collection, if known). The images and print quality should respects the artworks and the reader. Please no postage-stamp-size illustrations.
Some of your sources should be from the course-pack and the rest should come from your own research. Un-authored websites, blogs, general museum websites, and Wikipedia should not be used. Only scholarly sources are acceptable. Do your search only the Library search page, not on Google, not on the world-wide-web, not on the open Internet.
Do not cite long passages from any of your sources. Try to write the essay mostly in your own words, supported with citations or footnotes from the published literature. Try to summarize authors’ points in your own words.
When you cite a source, be sure to say what it means in your own words immediately after the citation. (Citations are never self-explanatory.)
In your introduction, explain the logic of your choice of artworks to discuss. What is important about them? Why do they concern us culturally, historically, socially, politically, or economically? What issues do they bring forward?
Your bibliography or list of works cited should include all of the following:
1.scholarly, single-authored books in art history (counts as one source);
2.scholarly anthologies in related fields (= edited volumes with chapters by a variety of writers) – each chapter counts as one source;
3.peer-reviewed journal articles (the newest, original scholarly research in the field), available on the Library on-line databases such as JStor;
4.articles in edited art magazines (less academic, but generally a good ‘finger on the pulse’ view or introduction to the key issues surrounding a particular artist), such as Art Forum, Border Crossings, or Art in America;
5.exhibition catalogues published by museums and galleries with essays by curators, artists, and critics (can be group shows, or preferably, solo shows). Exhibition catalogues count as one source;
6.reviews from respected newspapers by professional art critics (New York Times, New Yorker, or Guardian UK have excellent art reviews).