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FYS 100 - The Nature of Drawing -- Fall 2016: Writing Your Paper

Writing Tips

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You can create your own MLA and APA formatetd citations by consulting your class textbook or reviewing the information at the OWL at Purdue.

There are also a number of Free Citation Tools online.

Also, consider making an appoint ment at The Writing Center!

Writing Art History Papers

Selected resources to help you get started:

Munsterberg, Marjorie.  Writing About Art [website]

Barnet, Sylvan.  A short guide to writing about art. 5th ed.  Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson, 1997. Call number: 808.066 B261s5


Sayre, Henry M.  Writing about art.  Englewoods Cliff, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 1989.  Call number 808.066 S275w

Avoiding Plagiarism

When it is time to gather all of your notes and start writing the paper, avoid the most common mistake - plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only taking large parts of someone else's work and not attributing credit to that author; paraphrasing sections of a work, even using synonyms and citing the work, is also plagiarism.

  • Use direct quotations to support the paper's thesis.
  • Rethink and rewrite the author's original idea and express it in a new way.

Even if the ideas are rewritten, the source of the idea must be cited and the author given credit.

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