Art History Writing Workshops, Part I TODAY! Part II on Wednesday, 11/12!

10 Nov

Writing-Workshop

I) WHY CITATION MATTERS

November 10th from 12.30pm-2.00pm in Room 301

This workshop will address the importance of citations. We want to help you acknowledge the contribution of other scholars and to avoid plagiarism! During this hour and a half, we will go over the basics of citing your papers.

 

Why should you?

  • Ideas as currencies of academia

When should you?

  • Common vs controversial knowledge
  • Lectures and class notes
  • A quote vs a summary of ideas
    • Don’t “overstuff” your argument

How should you?

  • Foot- and endnote citations
  • Bibliographical citations
  • Direct quotations
  • Refer to an artwork

II) DEVELOPING AND EXECUTING AN ARGUMENT

November 12th from 12.30pm-2.00pm in Room 301

This workshop will address how to develop an effective argument for an Art History paper, whether grounded in formal analysis or research. All good writing is grounded in swaying the reader to your side, and it is a skill that proves useful beyond the classroom. During this hour and a half, we will go over how to approach crafting a paper from inception to final edits and submission.

 

Where does one start?

  • Unpacking an essay prompt
  • Gauging the effectiveness of a thesis

How does one do effective research?

  • Common databases and bibliographic engines for research
  • Evaluating the reliability of a source
  • Adjusting your thesis based upon the results of your research

What makes a good thesis into a good paper?

  • Recognizing proper voice and academic tone
  • Effective thesis statements and paper structure
  • Best practices during editing

This session will build off the preceding workshop on citation methods. Students are encouraged to attend both!

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