Writing articles is an inescapable part of getting a college degree, and can cause students a lot of stress. Depending on how you organize the essay writing process, however, it can be fun and a great way to learn a lot about a particular area of art history. Most jobs follow a certain format, and learning to research, structure, write, and quote your essay properly will make the whole process much easier.
Clarify the requirements of your essay. Find out the date and time limit for delivery, if the teacher prefers the essay to be sent by e-mail or print, the required reading materials, citation style and essay length required. The length of the essay may be a specific number of words, or a specific number of pages. If you specify the amount on pages, clarify the font, font size you want and whether each page should have double or single space. On the other hand, it clarifies if the references and images have to be included or excluded from the computation of pages.
Research for your essay. Read any and all necessary references, taking notes on general ideas and specific citations that you may wish to reference in your writing. Be sure to write down the page numbers of any ideas or quotes.
Make a chart showing the overall structure of your writing essay. Typically, this includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion. Decide the number of words or pages that you are going to assign to each section of the essay.
Write the first paragraph of your essay. When referring to the ideas or direct quotes of another author, it is essential to cite correctly the name of the same, the publication and the page number. Chicago style is common for art history documents, though not at all. Check with your teacher to know what style you should use.
Write the remaining paragraphs of your essay. Make sure that the sections flow together smoothly, and that progress is given in a logical order.
Write the conclusion of your essay. A good conclusion sums up perfectly what you have written, discovered or argued in your work.
Write the introduction to your essay. The introduction should present what your essay is about, and include any statement of the thesis or arguments you are trying to prove. Write the introduction at the end is a way to make sure that the introduction is closely related to what you have written in the body of your work.
Check the formatting and editing details, such as size of margins, paper layout, page numbering, whether a header or footer is required with your name and trial title and whether a title is required page.
Check your references again. Make sure that any work cited in the body of the text is included in the list of references at the end of the article. Also make sure that all references follow the correct format. Check that all works in the bibliography are also cited in the document. Be sure to refer to the pictures you’ve included in your work, as well as books, magazines, electronic sources, interviews and movies.
Correct your work. Run a complete spelling and grammar check. Consider the changes you would like to make to the overall structure of work and fluency. Ask a friend, colleague, teacher or professional editing service to read your project and comment.
Make the changes that you consider necessary or those suggested by another reader. Now you have your final project. Check it one more time, and you are ready to surrender.