Popular Culture and Art
Your paper should meet the following basic criteria:
1. Your research paper should be approximately 1000-1200 words not including the bibliography or works cited.
2. The essay should use at least five (5) legitimate source in addition to your course manual or
your textbook. You are to demonstrate that you actually researched the topic.
3. You CAN use scholarly articles written and available on line.
4. You CAN include interviews with gallery directors and artists where appropriate
5. You can NOT use general encyclopaedias such as Wikipedia, Britannica, Encarta, etc or online
6. Include no more than three (3) low resolution, compressed images in your paper. These two
images should be the most significant objects and/or buildings related to your chosen topic.
7. You must use a standard letter size page in portrait view (21.59cm x 27.94/ 8? x 11?)
8. You must use either 1.5 or double spacing
9. You must use Times New Roman font size 12 font.
10. You must use 3cm margins on all edges.
11. You may indicate a paragraph change by either a line space or by indenting, BUT you must be
12. Your paper is to be free of spelling and grammatical errors. You may use either English or
American spelling, again you must be consistent.
13. Cite dates as follows: 1832-1836; 15 July 1836; the fifteenth-century; c. 1500; fifteenth-century
houses.14. Place quotations within double inverted commas; quotations within quotations in single inverted
commas. Quotations more than 6 lines long should start on the next line and use a singlespaced
block quote format.
15. Italicize the titles of books, journals, works of art, buildings, and theses do not underline them.
16. You may use any standard referencing style (APA, MLA, etc) for citing the information sources
such as books, articles, or theses. Choose one referencing style and use it consistently.
17. Credit the research of other writers as a matter of honesty and academic integrity. Failure to do
so constitutes plagiarism.
18. You paper is to be typed and submitted in either PDF, .doc or .docx formats. THESE ARE THE
ONLY FILE FORMATS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Reminder: Absolutely NO late assignments will be accepted. You should begin working on your
paper immediately after beginning this course and revise it until the time of submission. I also
suggest that you have several people periodically proof read your work.
Tips for writing a research paper
This is a research paper. It requires that you seek out the scholarship of others. Most of the topics
that you can choose from allow some latitude in the individual student?s approach to the topic.
However, your paper must be organized in a manner that your reader clearly understands what you
The introductory paragraph provides the concept that is the subject of your paper. It should
include a thesis statement that presents the argument of your paper and specifies how you will
prove this argument. For example, if you want to argue that tiles covered the entire surface of the
al-Aqsa Mosque in 1912 but they were blown up by the British, how will your prove this? You need
to tell your reader this information.
The body of your paper, or the paragraphs between the introduction and the conclusion, contain the
evidence to support your thesis statement. Your paper should be directed towards an intelligent
reader. Each paragraph should be a coherent unit with a topic idea, each sentence should relate to
the one it precedes and follows. The introductory sentence of each paragraph should state the main
theme of the paragraph, the concluding sentence may summarize it. As you edit your paper check
each paragraph to make sure that you have not included material in one paragraph that would be
more appropriate in another. Also make sure that you are not including irrelevant information. The
body of your paper should flow in a coherent manner while convincing your reader of the validity of
The conclusion is the conclusion. It is not the time to introduce new material or ideas. Rather,
briefly summarize your principal arguments, referring back to your thesis statement, and explain how
your analysis extended the readers understanding of the problem or topic.
Your essay will be marked on the following:
Followed Directions (found under the header Directions): 5 marks
Spelling and Grammar: 10 marks
Content and Argument: 30 marks
Resources and proper citations: 10 marks