One grading option for this class is to write a research paper,
an essay, or a series of short, critical summaries of journal
If you choose to
write a research paper, you will have the opportunity to explore
in depth a clearly defined, limited topic on the art period that
was covered in the class. The subject of the paper must
fall within the scope of this semester's work as covered in
class and/or in the assigned readings.
Note that the research paper is different from a report, which is
essentially a compilation of information that is already known. A
research paper - in contrast - presents new information or new ideas; it
conveys new insights or makes new connections. A true research
paper is centered around a research question, which in turn leads to a
thesis. The thesis is the working idea behind your paper, and what
you end up writing about to answer your research question.
The paper must have a bibliography
listing the books, articles, and other sources, including
Internet sources, that you used in its preparation. Note
that quotations and paraphrases of other writers’ ideas must be
footnoted. You must also include reproductions (postcards,
photocopies, slides, images from the internet, etc.) of the
works about which you are writing.
If you have any questions about this
assignment, are in doubt about the suitability of a subject that
interests you, or need help in choosing a subject, please see me.
The librarian liaison
to Art is Stephen Ford,