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Unformatted text preview: Art History Writing Guidelines Colorado State University Department of Art (revised September 2006) The following guidelines have been prepared for use in all art history classes at Colorado State University. You are expected to adhere to correct format in such basic skills as spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. The following guidelines refer to both basic writing skills and general paper format specific to art history. They are based on the guidelines published in the Chicago Manual of Style , the style preferred for art history publications. The CM is available in hardcopy in the Reference section at Morgan Library. Information about documentation is also available online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools.html A. Basic Format Requirements 1. Papers are typed, printed on white paper, and double-spaced with one-inch margins on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper in 12-point type, Times Roman or equivalent. Do not justify the right-hand margin. 2. Papers start with a separate, unnumbered title page with class name, number, and section number if applicable. The title page also should include your name, date, and the title of the paper. The title page does not count in the overall page count. 3. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Page one begins on the page following the title page. 4. Use indented paragraphs. Do not drop a line between paragraphs. 5. Papers are stapled or secured. No plastic binders or covers should be used. B. Documentation: Notes and Bibliographies Most art history research papers will require that you consult primary and secondary sources. Any arguments , ideas , and insights of others, as well as direct quotations and paraphrases of another scholars words or ideas from articles, books, or any other source require a citation in a footnote or endnote. In other words, if you take wording, phrases, whole passages, ideas, or the logic of an argument from someone else you must acknowledge your source. To not do so is to plagiarize, a serious academic offense. Primary sources include the works of art themselves, as well as literary and historical documents including autobiographies, diaries, letters, account books, and eyewitness accounts or descriptions from the time period under study. Secondary sources are scholarly analyses which take as their subject these primary source materials. 1. Notes: Footnotes and Endnotes ! Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page where the citation is made. ! Endnotes are listed on a separate page that follows the last textline of your paper, and precede the bibliography. Endnotes are double-spaced between entries, flush left. ! Choose one or the other. Either form is acceptable (unless otherwise stipulated by your professor)....
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- Spring '07