Research Paper on a Monument
Writing Assignment 2: Research Paper on a Monument
Length: Minimum 1500 and maximum 2000 words. (Double spaced 12 font- approximately 4-6 pages in total
including the bibliography and glossary)
Due: November 26th Monday, 11:59 pm (digitally in SafeAssign on Blackboard)
Please also submit a hard copy in your Teaching Assistant’s mailbox (Henry Hall 3rd Floor)
Your second writing assignment is a research paper, which will be based on library research, using scholarly
publications. Below we provide a list of suggested architectural monuments as well as a series of art historical concepts
covered during the semester. Your paper will be expected to discuss one monument of your selection form the provided
list below and at least 2 concepts which you will integrate to your argument in the paper. This paper should be a clear
and balanced discussion of your monument addressing all available evidence (archaeological, visual or
textual evidence) about the monuments, and end with 2 final paragraphs that includes your evaluation of
the monument based on the two concepts you have chosen to analyze the monument.
Research Paper on a Monument
Art Historical Concepts and Glossary: Below is a list of art historical terms that are discussed during the
lectures and in your readings. You are expected to make use of at least three of these concepts as part
of your argument in the paper. Some bibliographic suggestions are provided below. Your paper should
demonstrate your familiarity and use of such visual analytical tools.
o Glossary: At the end of your paper, please include 100-word definitions of each art historical concept.
You are encouraged to read various scholarly resources that offer discussions of these concepts (like the
Nelson and Shiff’s Critical Terms for Art History volume or the Grove Dictionary of Art).
Author-Date style referencing. You are expected to use author-date style referencing widely used in the
Humanities and Social Sciences for citing your sources of information. You will get handouts on how to do this in
your sections. For this paper you should use library resources (hard copies and digital sources). Please avoid using
non-scholarly work posted on the internet such as amateur websites such as history.com etc.
Figures: You must also provide relevant images (drawings, plans, photographs to properly illustrate your
paper. Each image should be sequentially numbered (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc) and the source of the image should
be indicated in its caption using the Author-Date style system which you will be using in the rest of the paper.
Image sources should appear as entries in your bibliography.
Bibliography: Ideally, your bibliography should include 2-3 books that will provide the (art) historical context for
the monument you are choosing and 3-4 critical scholarly articles (journal articles or edited book chapters) on
your specific monument.
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