FA370 Term Paper Step 4

FA370 Nineteenth-Century Art
Fall 2010

Step 5: Draft Essay DUE: xx 30% of paper grade

This is not a “rough draft;” it should not be rough in any way. This draft should be a complete paper, 8-10 pages, which clearly articulates ideas that are fully and thoughtfully considered. It should represent the best work you are capable of completing, and should be ready for assessment and grading by the professor.

The essay should investigate fully a particular aspect of your chosen work of art, based upon, and guided by, your research over the course of the term. The essay should not attempt to convey everything you learned in the course of your research, and indeed the best essays maintain focus, treating a particular aspect of the work of art thorougly and thoughtfully. Furthermore, biographical information on the artist should be kept to a minimum, except where it helps explain specific aspects of the work of art; remember the work of art is your primary focus, not its maker. You may find it necessary to bring other works of art into your discussion, which is fine (even encouraged), but your focus remains an aspect of the NGA work.

Your writing should be a process, not simply a record of your thoughts. Be sure to work the paper through different drafts before submitting this “smooth” draft; edit it for proper organization and flow of ideas, as well as for the pragmatics of spelling, grammar and syntax.

NOTE: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Anyone who presents the work of others as if it were their own will be given an F for the class, and will be reported to the Academic Success Center for further sanction. This is your paper; it must be your own writing.


You paper must include all of the following items, formatted following these rules:
1. A COVER SHEET. This one requirement is different. This cover sheet should contain all the following information:
o title of your paper
o your name
o course ID number and title
o instructor name
o date

There are no rules on the placement of this information on the sheet. There are no restrictions on other design or layout choices, however a well decorated cover sheet will not receive a better grade than one that is simple and clear.

Note: If you choose to decorate your cover sheet with your work of art, it must still appear, with a caption, in the Illustrations section.

2. 8-10 PAGES OF TEXT, not including the cover sheet or the other documentary materials. This means substantially more than a single sentence on the 8th page; if you run over 10 pages, check with your professor before it is due. The best grades will go to students who have done thorough research, and who have devoted time and care to clearly and fully articulating their ideas.

o The pages must be typed and double-spaced, in no larger than a 12-point font, and no smaller than 10-point.
o The first line of each paragraph should be indented .5” from the left, and each paragraph should have no additional spacing before or after it.
o Place Arabic page numerals on the bottom center of the page, beginning with 1 on the first page of the text (not on the cover sheet), in the same font as the text.
o Include a strong introduction that clearly articulates the focus and direction of your essay, and a conclusion that ties it together.
Use boldface font to highlight your thesis statement.
o Use quotations judiciously and with purpose; this is, remember, your writing.
• Short quotes should be “in quotation marks” and set up by your own words (e.g. In his instructions, Trowbridge says to “use quotations judiciously and with purpose.”).
• Long quotes, anything longer than 5 lines, are known as block quotes, and should be single-spaced and indented .5” from the left border.
o Include a strong introduction that clearly articulates the focus and direction of your essay, and a conclusion that ties it together.

3. Proper CITATION of focused, scholarly sources in footnotes, following the Chicago/Turabian Style guidelines;
o Supply a footnote for any direct quote you use, and for any fact, opinion, or idea that is not common knowledge. Footnotes may also be to refer the reader to further information on a subject.
o Footnotes should be separated from the main text by a horizontal line. They should be single spaced, in the same font as the text, but not larger than the text (most word processing programs default to these guidelines).
o References to footnotes should be numbered sequentially through the entire text. Reference numbers should be in superscript, and appear at the end of the sentence, after all punctuation. With the exception of the placement, most word processing programs again will do this for you.
o Further instructions on how to cite sources can be found on the MU library website:

Need Help?  Citing Sources
Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style
Also check the links in the section entitled “Avoiding Plagiarism.”

Guidelines for formatting citations in the footnotes to Chicago/Turabian Style can be found on the BlackBoard site. Also on the Blackboard site is an art history essay that uses Chicago/Turabian Style footnotes.

4. A BIBLIOGRAPHY, again following the Chicago/Turabian Style guidelines. It should list all the focused, scholarly sources you used in researching your essay, not just the works cited.
o You should be consulting focused, scholarly sources for your information. General surveys, popular encyclopedias, and websites may be good places to get a basic understanding of your artist or his period, but your paper should rely solely on printed, focused, and scholarly sources for its final information.

Guidelines for formatting a bibliography using the Chicago/Turabian Style can be found on the BlackBoard site. Also on the Blackboard site is an art history essay with a Chicago/Turabian Style bibliography.

5. ILLUSTRATIONS, numbered, clearly cited in the document, and fully labeled in a caption.
o Include illustrations of any work of art you discuss; they must be big enough for the reader to see, and more than 2 illustrations per page.
o Illustrations should be referred to by sequential numbers in the text, and referred to in parentheses when the work is first mentioned, using the word “fig.” for figure.
 Example: “… Jan van Eyck’s Annunciation in the National Gallery of Art (fig. 1) … unlike his Annunciation in Madrid (fig. 2) …”
 The title of the work of art is italicized.
 Be sure to cite the collection housing the work.
o Illustrations should appear at the end of the text and before the bibliography. Each illustration must contain a caption with all the following information:
 Figure #. Artist, Title of the Work, date. Museum, City. Source:
 Examples:

(Mark has images here.)

Figure 1. Jan van Eyck, The Annunciation, c.1434-36. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Source: “Web Gallery of Art,” http://www.wga.hu.

Figure 2. Jan van Eyck, The Annunciation, c.1435-41. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Source: John Hand, Catherine Metzger, and Ron Spronk, Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (New Haven / London: Yale University Press, Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2006), 72-73.

 Note:
 In the caption, “Figure” is written out vs. abbreviated.
 The title of the work is still italicized.
 Sources are given in Chicago/Turabian footnote style, after the “Source:”.

6. NO vinyl covers; simply staple the paper in the upper left corner, or use a paper clip if it is too thick to staple.

NOTE: Papers that do not meet these minimum requirements, or that are submitted incomplete, will be given an F and returned to the student unread.

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