Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Step 6: Research Cards and Citation Cards

  • More than half of your research should come from books, journals, or magazines--this can include things that were or are in print but are archived online.
  • The Internet can be helpful for general life and historical information, but make sure the site is reputable. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA as a source (for the same reason you would not use an encyclopedia for this paper--however, use it for your own general knowledge and follow the links at the bottom of the wiki page.) 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 Friday after break, February 27th, 2009:

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. (This is a minimum--you should have more!) Remember that more than half must come from print sources.

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

  • Topic of information (painting referred to if appropriate)
  • “Passage quoted directly” or paraphrased in your own words.
  • Include page number.
  • A number which corresponds to your citation list (see below).


  • Your notes on significance, thoughts, etc.

3. You will also need a list of at least 20 sources (make sure you cite correctly the first time):

Here's what should be on your Citation List): 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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