Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Step 6: Research Cards and Citation Cards

Researching: Most of your research should come from books and journals, or magazines. The Internet can be helpful for general life and historical information, but make sure the site is reputable. NEVER USE WIKIPEDIA as a source (for the same reason you would not use an encyclopedia for this paper.) The web can also be a good place to find interviews with the artist. Read as many of these as you can. There is no better person to explain the purpose or goal of the artwork than the artist who painted it.

Assignment: Due Monday after break, April 28th:

1. a paragraph that explains your thesis--(this will probably be reworked.)

2. at least 50 Research Cards of information. You will need at least 25 primary source cards & 25 secondary source cards. (Thias is a minimum--you should have more!)

Here's what should be on the (Research Cards WHITE):

  • Topic of information (painting referred to if appropriate)
  • “Passage quoted directly” or paraphrased in your own words.
  • Include page number.
  • The number of the citation card for which the info refers to.


  • Your notes on significance, thoughts, etc.

3. You will also need 20 (Citation Cards YELLOW): –

Here's what should be on the (Citation Cards YELLOW): Do this every time you reference a book or website, copy down proper citation information. Even if it does not end up in Works cited, you will put in Works Consulted.

  • Proper citation information (See MLA Citation Guide) with a number next to information. This way, you will not have to waste time citing information every time you make a note card. Just write down the number of the citation. Make sure you get info right!
  • A brief summary--3-7 sentences summarizing the content of the source.

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