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FORMAT FOR WRITING THE PROSPECTUS FOR THESIS 1. Abstract The ABSTRACT should be
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FORMAT FOR WRITING THE PROSPECTUS FOR THESIS 1. Abstract The ABSTRACT should be
FORMAT FOR WRITING THE PROSPECTUS FOR THESIS 1. Abstract The ABSTRACT should be brief (not to exceed 200 words) and should summarize the following: Introduction, Statement of Problem and Significance, Research Questions or Hypotheses, and Methodology you will use. 2. Instruction—Statement of Problem and Significance This section introduces the reader to the focus of the paper and provides a general overview of the issues and background leading up to the problem under investigation. It should include the STATEMENT OF PROBLEM AND SIGNFICANCE. The problem and significance statement should identify briefly the state of uncertainty, scholarly neglect, or dissatisfaction with present knowledge on your topic. Crucial to the problem statement is locating your work in relation to a larger body of knowledge. Your grasp of the secondary literature (the historiography) is essential to identifying problems, or debates on your topic. Your statement should then clearly and precisely identify the purpose of the paper in terms of how it will help to advance our knowledge in that field. In all you should have a clear rationale for your paper. What is your RESEARCH QUESTION OR HYPOTHESIS – why are you writing this paper? Research questions or hypotheses should be stated clearly. These should be consistent with the Statement of the Problem and Significance in your introduction. 3. Methodology This section should indicate how the research for the paper will be conducted, what approach(es) will be used (i.e., iconography, socio-political history, psychoanalysis, literary theory, etc.). It should identify specific scholars, or tradition of discourse to be used in the paper. Thus, the section should convey the appropriateness of the approach for answering the research questions(s) and, most importantly, it should describe the techniques for analyzing the topic with direct reference to the research questions(s), or hypotheses. 4. Annotated Bibliography 4 All sources should be included using standard citation format (be consistent if you use MLA, or Chicago Manual of Style). It should also include a summary of each source (no more than three sentences). CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING THE PROSPECTUS 1. Introduction/statement of the problem and significance Does the Introduction provide a general overview of the issues surrounding the study? Is the problem under investigation clearly stated? Is evidence used to demonstrate the significance of the problem? Are important terms defined? Are assumptions clearly stated? Is the Prospectus grounded in a larger body of research? Are related studies examined critically and gaps identified? Does the historiography provide a clear rationale of the study? 2. Research Questions or Hypothesis Do the Research/Hypotheses develop a specific focus for the paper? Do the research questions/ hypotheses support the problem statement and historiography? Are research questions worded to imply responses more complex than Yes or No? 3. Methodology Is(are) the approach(es) fully explicated and appropriate for the study? Does the approach appropriately match the problem statement and research question? 4. Other Issues Does a consistent conceptual framework and/or paradigm unite the problem statement, research questions and methods section? Is an appropriate style (i.e., MLA or Chicago) used correctly and consistently? Does the abstract summarize the content of the prospectus clearly and accurately? INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING THE THESIS This paper will allow you to apply your research methodological experiences to a paper. After consultation with your Professor (Professors), you should come up with a topic that is broad enough to encompass serious research methods and include valuable original ideas and conclusions. The writing of the prospectus as outlined above is the main focus of this class. It encourages students to focus on the process and scholarly research methods that are necessary for Art Historians, and to demonstrate for graduate school applications/essays such proficiency. 5 Begin by looking at major monographs and sources and their bibliographies to establish the most prominent scholars on the subject. You must be able to identify the scholar/scholars. Use only books as your major resources, not the Internet. Use the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature; Database listing under main indexes and databases in library; also check specialized and related indexes in subject. Primary scholars will publish articles on their subject, in addition to the publication of books. Follow the guidelines on the syllabus for deadlines regarding drafts and maintain contact with your professors throughout the process. THE FORM OF THE PAPER (FOOTNOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ETC.) SHOULD FOLLOW ACCEPTED GUIDELINES (CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE). PAPERS MUST BE TYPED. BE SURE TO PROOFREAD - GRAMMAR AND SPELLING COUNT AND CARELESSNESS AND LATENESS WILL LOWER THE GRADE. Please illustrate your references to artwork and clearly document with figure numbers in text. Illustrations/figures should be at end of text with full captions. Include a list of illustrations. Remember, this is an ART paper and should reflect your concern and appreciation for the subject. GUIDELINES: Word count (not including footnotes) should not be less than 4,000 words and not more than 5000 words (20-25 PAGES) Font: 12-point Time New Roman Double Space (not 1.5) throughout paper (main text and footnotes) 1” margin all around the paper

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