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For more information and a longer example of formal analysis, see pages 119-123 of Sylvan Barnet’s Writing About Art (8th ed.).
An art history research paper can take a variety of forms, depending on the intended audience of the work and the aims of the writer. An iconographic analysis focuses on the representative iconography of a work, taking into account the symbolic role of images, the historical or mythological identity of figures, and any other elements that may have a visual significance.
Doing a research paper for various disciplines can be a bit confusing and challenging. Each subject has different resources and criteria for papers. This page is designed to help students conduct research and write a paper for art history.
After developing a topic for your research paper, the next step is to start looking for sources. There are two types of sources to look for: primary and secondary. The link below will take you to a powerpoint presentation on how to find both of these sources particular to art history, plus other research hints and ideas. The presentation is designed specifically for students at the University of Central Arkansas, and centers around the Torreyson Library.
1. How do I pick a topic?
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3. Help! How do I put this together? Research Guide and Writing Guide
Use the footnotes and bibliographies of general background books as well as reference aids to lead you to special studies. If Carleton does not have the books or sources you need, try ordering through the library minitex. Many sources are also available on-line.
You have been assigned an art history paper to write. You would like to finish your assignment on time with a minimum of stress, and your instructor fervently hopes to read an engaging, well-written paper. Here are some dos and don ts to guide you, written by an art history professor who has graded thousands of these papers ranging from the superlative to the good, the bad and the phenomenally ugly.
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