Research Paper

You are required to submit one four-page (minimum) research paper. Your research paper is worth 32% of your final grade. All research papers should be grammatically correct and free of spelling errors. Dates for submission are indicated on the Schedule of Assignments. You are expected to submit your research paper by Midnightof the date indicated. Students who fail to submit their research papers by the date indicated on the Schedule of Assignments may receive a zero for that assignment.

Criteria for Research Paper

Formatting Requirements: All research papers will be typed using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. The research papers will be double-spaced and the margins will be set to 1 inch on all sides. Students will use 12-point font. The research paper assignment should be submitted as a Word document or Rich Text file to the Assignments area on the course site.
Make sure that you write this paper in your own words! If you must quote the author to make a point, then use quotation marks to indicate any words that are not your own.
Each research paper is required to be a minimum length of fourcomplete pages, typed, double-spaced, using 12 point font, using MLA format. You will need to include a minimum of 3 sources. Encyclopedias do not count as sources. Wikipedia does not count as a source! At least 3 of your sources MUST have an author and a publication date.You will select a topic based on an artist or artistic style that is especially interesting to you and submit it to me for approval. You may certainly choose your topic from artists and artistic styles that you encounter in our text, but do not limit yourself to those artists and styles. Go to our course menu and click on our “Wiggins Library” link, where you can begin your search for articles in relevant periodicals. If you need further help, contact information for our Campbell University Distance Ed. Librarians is on also found on our course menu. You may also want to click on the sites available on our course menu “Web Links” to look for topics. Additionally, you can peruse publications such as: American Artists, Art News, Art in America, Smithsonian, and any other major art magazines, newspapers, internet sites, etc. The research paper topic should focus on particular artists, collections of art, movements and trends in art, or other pertinent topics related to Visual Art. In the final paragraph of your research paper, state what you think about what you have learned regarding your topic and then why you came to that conclusion. Make sure to include your Works Cited page, where you will type the author and publication date(s) of the sources you chose. The source(s) should be cited on a works cited page in the MLA format.

This is a college-level course, and all written work will be graded accordingly. I read principally for content, although at this level of higher education, format is also very important. I stress the basics of standard practice in written English.Standard sentences with subject agreement, adequate grammar, and no typographical or spelling errors are considered the basics of college-level written communication.

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