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Format of the paper:

Paper based on web-information (except scholarly journals in electronic form) is not acceptable.

Purchased paper is not acceptable.

Provide page number.

Use font no. 12, double space.

Illustrations: make a copy of the art work you discuss in your paper, and if necessary, copies of other images you discuss in the paper, and attach them at the end of your paper (do not insert them in your text) as "fig. 1," "fig. 2," etc. Don’t cut images from books, particularly library books. For illustrations and images, you can use the Visual Resource Library ( , or go to HYPERLINK "” which MSU Library subscribes.

Provide the sources of the images.

Provide footnotes for citations of sources; use correct format.

Provide a bibliography; use correct format.

Do not use cover.

Give a title to your paper.

At the beginning of your paper, you may want to write an introductory paragraph, introducing your subject, your thesis, and the structure of your paper.

At the end, you may want to write a summary.

Content of the paper:

Your paper should be a research paper investigating a work of art, or a group of works of art, or an artist, or a topic in some depth, not a broad survey, such as "Indian art" or “Song dynasty landscape painting.”

A paper should not be a summary of the textbook or class notes.

Consult at least three books or journal articles on your topic; pay special attention to recent studies, particularly those from university presses and scholarly journals. The success of the paper depends heavily on the quality of your bibliography.

One important source you can easily use to find useful scholarly articles is HYPERLINK, and you can search for key words and download articles. For example, if you want to write a paper on an artist, you can search the artist’s name.

Do not write on topics with no connection to the course, for example, African art.

Organize your paper around your thesis (your idea, your argument, your opinion, your own understanding concerning works of art).

Your thesis or argument should not be too simple or vague; for example, "Buddhist art is great," "Japanese architecture is influenced by Chinese architecture."

Your thesis should be of scholarly nature (for example, "the image of Padmapani in Ajanta Cave One represents a new trend in Buddhist art); it should not be an aesthetic statement (for example, "the image of Padmapani in Ajanta Cave One is the most beautiful work")

If you do not have a thesis or idea about an art work, you may want to write an introduction to an art work (its date, the artist, its historical background, its style, its function etc.) or a topic, or an artist. But this type of paper will not receive an A, unless you demonstrate in your paper that you are a thoughtful, careful, and serious researcher, and present your materials well.